In a final nail in the coffin regarding today’s Spider-Man bombshell from Sony, it looks like the deal is dead…for now.
Sony has issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter:
“Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise,” says a Sony spokesperson. “We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film.”
“We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him – including all their newly added Marvel properties – do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own,” says the statement. “Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.”
Like they said, they hope it changes in the future, but as of now Spider-Man is no longer part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is now playing in Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters. How they’ll handle Tom Holland’s Spider-Man with five movies of MCU backstory to divorce from remains to be seen.