Spider-Man fans eager to see the wall-crawler triumphantly return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios severed ties a few weeks back will have to wait a little longer. Like, maybe a lot longer. Sony Pictures CEO Tony Vinciquerra recently confirmed that “for the moment the door is closed” on Spider-Man’s MCU future.
Rather, Sony will push forward with its own cinematic universe focused largely on Spider-Man characters, reports Variety from the publication’s own entertainment and technology summit. The studio has already started laying the groundwork for this new cinematic universe in the form of 2018’s surprise superhero blockbuster Venom.
Sony is also in the process of producing a film based on the Spider-Man villain Morbius, starring Jared Leto. The report also claims that there are “five or six” Spider-Man television series in production, though whether that includes series already on the air was not clarified.
But why did the Marvel Studios deal fall apart? Vinciquerra was a little more tight-lipped on the subject, but let it be known that there are no hard feelings between Sony and Marvel.
“We had a great run with (Feige) on Spider-Man movies,” said Vinciquerra. “We tried to see if there’s a way to work it out … the Marvel people are terrific people, we have great respect for them, but on the other hand we have some pretty terrific people of our own. Kevin didn’t do all the work.”
Vinciquerra also pointed to the success of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Amazon’s The Boys (produced by Sony) as proof that the studio is capable of going it solo in the superhero genre.
“Spider-Man was fine before the event movies, did better with the event movies, and now that we have our own universe, he will play off the other characters as well,” said Vinciquerra. “I think we’re pretty capable of doing what we have to do here.”
The Sony CEO did, however, drop a cryptic hint that the wall-crawler may return to the MCU fold at some point in the future, later acknowledging that Sony is aware of the ongoing fan backlash.
“It’s a long life,” said Vinciquerra.
When news of the split first surfaced, MCU fans were understandably taken aback. The fictional hero was, after all, just coming off the highly successful Spider-Man: Far From Home, which not only teased Peter Parker’s Iron Man-like role in the MCU’s future, but also outed his secret identity to the world in an after-credits scene.