Yep, you read that right: Spider-Man is leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’m not happy, and I’m pretty sure you’re not either.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige won’t produce any further Spider-Man films because of an inability by Disney and Sony Pictures to reach new terms that would have given the former a co-financing stake going forward. A dispute that has taken place over the past few months at the top of Disney and Sony has essentially nixed Feige, and the future involvement of Marvel from the Spider-Man universe, sources said.
This comes at a moment when the last two films Kevin Feige produced broke all-time records — Disney’s Avengers: Endgame became the highest grossing film of all time, and Spider-Man: Far From Home this week surpassed the James Bond film Skyfall to become the all time highest grossing film for Sony Pictures.
tom holland when he finds out he has to be in a sony made spider-man movie pic.twitter.com/a0n3VedJeW
— tim stone, *not* kevin feige’s burner account (@jakebakersays) August 20, 2019
Updated from IO9:
When contacted by io9, a Sony representative said it’s their belief this dispute is simply over a producer credit and negotiations are ongoing. They further clarified that Feige has contributed to other Spider-centric movies that he did not receive a producer credit on. Other sources tell us the Deadline story is completely accurate.
This is a sad, sad day for fans of the MCU. Let’s hope Sony and Disney comes to an agreement soon that’s going to make everyone happy.