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Spider-Man out of Marvel Cinematic Universe after 'Homecoming 2'?
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Tom Holland as Peter Parker in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming.'
Now that Spider-Man is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you may want to enjoy his web-slinging antics while you can.
At least when it comes to seeing him battle evil alongside Iron Man, Thor and the rest of the Avengers.
After appearing in this summer’s Homecoming, Spidey will show up in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War and then his own Spider-Man sequel in 2019. That’s where Tom Holland’s deal to play the web-crawler in the MCU ends.
He is contracted to play the hero in six films – three solo pictures and three appearances in the MCU.
Amy Pascal, the former chief of Sony Pictures, and producer on Spider-Man: Homecoming, hinted that Spider-Man could exit the MCU after those two films, making Spider-Man 3 something that would be set up outside plotlines being established in Marvel’s Phase 3 and 4.
“One of the things that I think is so amazing about this experience is that you don't have studios deciding to work together to make a film very often,” Pascal told CosmicBookNews at CinemaCon. “In fact, it may never happen again – after we do the sequel.”
Marvel has creative control of the web-slinger until 2019, but Sony owns the rights to Spider-Man and several hundred related characters, and is planning its own Marvel universe of films that will be kick-started with Venom and followed by stand-alone films on Black Cat and Silver Sable.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Holland revealed he has no idea how it will all shake out after his sequel to Homecoming.
"They give you options and those could be exercised whenever. Like a cameo in Avengers," Holland said of Marvel. "I'm unclear as to which movies though. I do know I have three Spider-Man [appearances in other] movies and three solo movies contracted.”
Despite the deals not lining up perfectly, our bet is that Holland’s Spidey will continue well into the 2020s. It makes no sense to have a third Spider-Man outside of the MCU, and we’re thinking that the wall-crawler could play a big part in Marvel’s cinematic feature.
“Once we get into 2021, 2022, 2023… We want to continue stories in unique ways with characters that we’ve established,” Marvel studio boss Kevin Feige told the Sun last year. “There’s facing the crossroads of how to adapt characters after they’ve had five or six or seven appearances. Then there’s choosing the new ones... and we certainly know what the handful of those are going to be.”