September 25, 2020

Is Kevin Feige ‘Writing Spider-Man Out’ of the MCU?

Less than 24 hours after the news that Spider-Man will remain in the MCU, the endless appetite for rage over the webslinger and Sony hasn’t subsided online; and there’s already endless “concern postings” about the future of the Spider-Man deal that isn’t even a couple of days old yet.

The big thing going around right now that everyone is asking “is it true” is speculation that Kevin Feige would be writing Spider-Man out of the MCU with the second untitled and un-dated MCU movie he’s supposed to appear in. That’s right, it’s only speculation.

It seems to have originated from THR’s HeatVision newsletter Friday night where the author says, “Feige seems to be plotting an endgame that will wrap up Peter Parker’s story in the MCU”. The wording there, “seems to be”, is speculation. But that didn’t stop other sites from picking it up and running it as a “sourced” rumor and then endless Twitter and Instagram accounts spreading it around as if it were fact.

Right now the future MCU movie Spider-Man will appear in is unknown. As Spider-Man 3 releases in 2021, it’s obviously a movie long after that and the only 2022 movie that’s been officially announced is Black Panther II. So people are making declarative statements about the plot for an unnamed movie that has no release date and probably doesn’t even have writers hired for it yet.

Kevin Feige’s statement last night gives you a clue as to what is actually happening. About Spider-Man he said, “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.”

Following that, Deadline reported that it looks like Sony and Disney will be sharing Spider-Man, where Sony’s spin-offs will be allowed certain references (but still remain outside the MCU):

We hear that as Sony progresses their own Marvel universe with titles likes Venom 2and Sinister Six, and Disney/Marvel their own, there could be a “call and answer” between the two franchises as they acknowledge details between the two in what is would loosely be described as a shared detailed universe. Details on that are still early.

Which corroborates with a rumor going around that in addition to the two Marvel Studios movies, Holland will show up in a few of the Sony spin-offs as a result of this new deal. Feige’s comment as well as Deadline’s reporting make a lot of sense with that context.

Spider-Man will remain in the MCU, while Sony can still use him in their movies and even be allowed some references (perhaps the Blip or other world-building things) to keep Holland’s backstory intact when he interacts with characters like Venom.

So right now the idea that Feige is “writing out” Spider-Man is just speculation that went out of control on the internet, as such things tend to do with they cause emotions to run hot. Spider-Man is still in the MCU for several more years, while he’ll also pop up in Sony’s universe. It seems that the deal is the best of both worlds for Sony and Disney.