Sometimes relationships hit a bump and the involved parties take some time apart to try and figure out what their future without one another might look like. Often times that break leads them right back together, and they decide to give it another go with no guarantee the same issues won’t come back up in the future.
But for the moment, the parties are happy with their return.
That’s the case with Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios/Disney as after a summer spent wondering what was next for both after they had a pretty public breakup in regards to Spider-Man, the two studios are working together again. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, a new deal has been struck and the two studios will share the friendly neighborhood hero for two more films, one solo Spider-Man film and one other to be named MCU movie (which would likley be something Avengers level big).
Not only are they back together, but they already have staked claim to July 16, 2021 as the date for the next entry in the Spider-Man saga within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Which is sure to brings sighs of relief to many since the most recent film Spider-Man: Far From Home left on a pretty huge hard to forget or ignore cliffhanger.
Jon Watts, who directed both MCU Spidey films, is in talks to return for the third film.
“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,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said. “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.”
Marvel and Feige will lead point once more on the creative side for the co-produced film. Details about the deal have not been verified or released, meaning whether Disney or Sony ended up getting a bigger or lesser piece of the pie (originally Disney was getting none of the box office as part of the previous deal) is unknown.
Some sort of compromise or public enduced change or something came about though that made the parties return to the table and hammer out a deal after being so seemingly adamant that it was unlikely.
This previously unprecedented deal has been very fruitful for both sides, as Far From Home was the first Spider-Man starring film to blow past a billion at the box office and Marvel has been able to have Spider-Man, one of thier most iconic characters, stand alongside other big heroes for the biggest moments of their shared universe saga in recent years.
There is no telling what the future will hold though. There is a chance that they could have figured something out that can make future deals easier, or perhaps in a few years time we’ll all be going through this public break up spectacle once more.
We can only hope for the best, and enjoy the more MCU Spider-Man on its way while we can.