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Avengers: Endgame Directors Step Up Criticism of Sony's Spider-Man Plans

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Shortly after the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Marvel and Sony resumed negotiations on their deal to share the character's cinematic rights. Unfortunately, those talks didn't pan out and the two studios have, for the time being, gone their separate ways. As a result, Tom Holland's Peter Parker will no longer be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Instead, Spider-Man is now free to become a part of Sony's shared comic book universe, which already includes Venom and the upcoming Morbius.

Recently, Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo, who introduced Spider-Man to the MCU in Captain America: Civil War, addressed the Marvel/Sony split, saying they weren't all that surprised, considering it took so much work to get it to happen the first time around. However, the brothers has just stepped up their criticism of Sony's decision.

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"It was so difficult to get him into Civil War," Anthony Russo told Toronto Sun. "It was an extremely long and hard process. But we were driven to help make it happen. But [Marvel Studios President] Kevin Feige pulled it off, somehow. Disney and all the good people at Sony found a way to make it work and it lasted a few films. We had a wonderful experience with that and I think audiences really appreciated that marriage. But we know how hard that marriage was to make in the first place, so the fact that the marriage fell apart isn’t really that surprising to me and Joe."

"It was a tenuous, fraught union throughout the whole process," Joe Russo added. "But, I will say, stepping back and trying to be objective as possible, that I think it’s a tragic mistake on Sony’s part to think that they can replicate Kevin’s penchant for telling incredible stories and the amazing success he has had over the years. I think it’s a big mistake."

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Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The film is now available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD.

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