The past week or so might not have been the happiest of times for you if you’re a Spider-Man fan. After the latest negotiations between Disney and Sony fell through over the use of Spider-Man in big-screen feature films, Kevin Feige would no longer serve as the creative mind behind the Spider-Man solo movies and Spidey would no longer be a part of the MCU. This is, of course, a huge bummer as over the course of five films — beginning in Captain America: Civil War all the way through to Spider-Man: Far From Home — Spider-Man has been the most exciting he’s ever been perhaps since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 more than a decade ago.
Not only that, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has also successfully established Spider-Man as one of the leading men of the Avengers going forward — a new Iron Man if you will. So, to suddenly remove him from the MCU is a disappointment indeed. However, it looks like Tom Holland, the actor who currently plays the web-slinger remains optimistic about Spidey’s future in Sony’s hands. In an interview with GQ, Holland said:
“I’m not shy about expressing how incredible the last five years have been with Marvel. I’ve truly had the time of my life, and in so many respects, they have made my dreams come true as an actor. Sony has also been really good to me, and the global success of Spider-Man: Far From Home is a real testament to their support, skill and commitment. The legacy and future of Spidey rests in Sony’s safe hands. I really am nothing but grateful, and I’ve made friends for life along the way.”
I love that Tom Holland has chosen to remain optimistic and professional about the whole situation (though, I don’t think he has a choice). I only hope that Sony delivers the goods. Sony produces and distributes plenty of great films each year. 2018 saw the release of Sicario 2, Only the Brave, Roman J. Israel Esq, Searching and the Oscar-winning animated feature, Into the Spider-Verse.
It’s just that for whatever reason, they haven’t been able to churn out good Spider-Man films since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 back in 2004. As far as quality is concerned, Spider-Man 3 was a huge letdown, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2 are mediocre at best and Venom was nothing but a complete disaster. Sony will have to step up their game big time with Tom Holland’s Spidey, now that Kevin Feige isn’t going to be involved creatively anymore.