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What’s Next for Spider-Man After Sony and Disney Mended Fences?

September 30, 2019 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Spider-Man: Far From Home

To the surprise of practically no one, Sony and Marvel have settled their differences, for now, and it looks like we’ll get more Spider-Man proper on the big screen. 

To give you a hint of how things came together, one only has to remember that Spider-Man: Homecoming made $880.1 million, the character appeared in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, which combined grossed more than $2 billion, and Spider-Man: Far From Home grossed $1.1 billion, which is Sony’s highest grossing film. Ever.

Yeah, money talks and Hollywood listens. 

Marvel will be producing another Spider-Man film for Sony with a release date of July 16, 2021. Rumors have Jon Watts, the director of the previous two Spider-Man movies, returning to helm. Also as part of the deal, Spider-Man will appear in a future Marvel movie.

“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” said Marvel head Kevin Feige. “Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”

Let’s stick with that last sentence.

Sony has big plans for Spider-Man and they’ll need all the help they can get in order to grow (i.e. make lots of money) the Spider-verse. 

On deck is a sequel to the surprisingly successful Venom that will start production in November. They also have a movie featuring Morbius, which is in post-production with a release date sometime in 2020. 

Then we come to the mysterious Madame Web movie. The Screenwriters from the Morbius movie, Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, are writing a film centered on Madame Web.

Some of you might be wondering who that is and with good reason. The rich world of Spider-Man has plenty of characters to mine and if I had to make a list of 50 characters to shine the spotlight on, Madame Web wouldn’t make that list. 

Does Madame Web hold a special importance in bridging the gap between Marvel and Sony’s cinematic worlds? I would hope so, unless they are really going for that “Greatest Generation” demographic. 

Marvel and Sony need each other. Marvel, to keep Spider-Man in the mix for movie appearances and merchandising, and Fox, to have box office and critical success while they try to build their own little corner of cinematic fame. 

For now, all is well with Spidey and his friends and it should continue to stay that way as long as the money keeps rolling in.