The news that Sony and Marvel have reached a new agreement about using Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe promises at least one more adventure with the current incarnation of the character. The deal will allow the next Spider-Man film to take place in the MCU, while also promising an appearance by Spider-Man in a future film within the franchise.
But the deal is only temporary, so the filmmakers should go as big as possible while they've got the chance, like tying Spider-Man 3 into last year's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Such a move would give Sony and Marvel plenty of reason to explore the possibility of a continued partnership, potentially give this incarnation of the character one last hurrah and could introduce an entirely new Spider-Man to audiences.
Spider-Man: Far From Home closed out Phase 3 of the MCU with a massive plot twist: after defeating Mysterio and returning to New York, Spider-Man is shocked to watch a video recorded by Mysterio that's edited to make the superhero out to be a murderer. Released by the Daily Bugle and J. Jonah Jameson, the video even goes so far as to reveal Peter Parker's identity to the world.
Last month, however, after talks between Marvel and Sony fell apart over the rights of the characters, the two studios' inability to come to a compromise seemed to sink any hope of seeing the full fallout from the situation. This seemed to lead to a future where Spider-Man would be disconnected from the rest of the MCU, losing the potential to see the impact of the outing of the character on the greater MCU in the process. But now that the two studios have agreed to collaborate on at least one more Spider-Man film, they should use the opportunity to introduce the Spider-Verse.
Go Big Or Go Home
Released last year, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduced an entire multiverse worth of characters, including Miles Morales, to film audiences. It was an instant hit, going on to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. It also widened the horizons of what a movie in the superhero multiverse could be, suggesting there are a wealth of different directions and approaches available to creators. Bringing that level of potential to a live-action film would broaden the sheer scope of a Spider-Man movie and its universe.
For both studios, the foreknowledge that this will be the last of the present Spider-Man films gives them plenty of time to make sure it's worthwhile for each of party. If this is the last time that Sony is going to get the chance to utilize the highly popular MCU take on Spider-Man, then they should use it for all that it's worth. This could give the studio the chance to introduce live-action versions of other characters like Miles Morales or Gwen Stacy, or set up future films within their own burgeoning Spider-Verse of films like Venom 2 and Morbius.
Even if Spider-Man doesn't directly appear in any of those Spider-Verse films, a multiversal trip could easily allow Sony to showcase some of the other Spider-Man characters in a fun, natural way. This could even be a litmus test for which characters connect with the audience and deserve to have their own films in the future.
As for Marvel, it might be their last chance for a while to play with Spider-Man. Like Sony, they should aim for the stars with Spider-Man 3, and send Spider-Man on the biggest possible journey he could tackle. While Mysterio was lying about the multiverse in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness confirms it does exist within the MCU.
This could be the perfect time to tie together the Spidey/Marvel universes through a multiversal link, allowing them to eventually crossover again if the situation allows for it. In turn, this could bring all of the Spider-Verse characters into the MCU, giving characters like Venom the chance to interact with the larger universe -- a scenario that could benefit Marvel as well as Sony and prove the value of maintaining a healthy relationship to both studios.
It would also give MCU fans who've fallen in love with the latest version of Peter Parker one more chance to see him in action before Holland potentially hangs up his webs. The new deal ensures that Spider-Man will appear in a so-far unannounced future MCU film. But it doesn't say anything about extending Tom Holland's contract beyond his original agreement. Holland is set to appear in the next Spider-Man film but would need his contract extended to make any future appearances.
Introducing the Spider-Verse could allow for the possibility of a different Spider-Man (like Miles Morales) leaping into the MCU while letting Holland go out strong with a massive third film. There's no reason not to make what could be the last of the MCU Peter Parker films something special, and taking him to the Spider-Verse could be the perfect way to do it.
Helmed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Far from Home stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon and Martin Starr, with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal. The film is now available on Digital HD and arrives Tuesday on Blu-ray and 4K UHD.