I still remember that one time I almost got a heart attack from the headline “BREAKING: SPIDER-MAN IS LEAVING THE MCU!”. My mind was frantic with theories. How was this going to work? Was the MCU prepared to lose one of its poster-boys, the Stark successor, and a key Avenger? Can Sony actually develop a good live-action Spidey flick without assistance from the Mouse House?
I mean, Little Peter Parker, still a boy, had to leave his avenging buddies behind just because two film studios could not see eye to eye? OUTRAGEOUS! As the week went by and it began to seem like all hope was lost, the Sun shone on us again. Fans undoubtedly let out a sigh of relief when the two studios struck a new deal. Our precious lil’ Spidey could continue playing with his friends!
But what if… there was no make-up for the break-up. What if… the studios actually chose not to work together again?
Now, we’re looking at one of the branch realities possibly opened during the Avengers dabbles with “Time Travel”. In an interview with MTV (via Heroic Hollywood), the 23-year-old actor revealed that Sony did indeed have a contingency plan.
The future for Spider-Man was still very bright with Sony and we had a really, really wonderful idea how we could sort of transition into a Spider-Man without the MCU and Tom Rothman and Amy pascal were really confident that they were gonna do justice and make a film of the calibre that Spider-Man requires.
The Spider-Man actor also expressed his gratitude in having the deal actually fall back in place.
I’m really glad to be back in the MCU and to have the team back together because I kind of feel like it’s where he belongs now. I’m really grateful that Bob Iger and Tom Rothman allowed me to be a part of the process of bringing him home, it was a pretty cool experience and also the best bragging rights ever, I saved Spider-Man.
Yes, Tom did actually speak to Bob Iger on the phone and help convince the big boss to allow the wall-crawler stay. Oh, and he did it while he was drunk.
Going back to the source material, Sony has a plethora of information and storylines to draw from. As such, it wouldn’t be so surprising that they somehow figured out a way to make things work without Disney. There have been numerous solo narratives that just had Peter doing his own thing and performing his own missions without aid from anyone else.
Nonetheless, Sony is still very much webbing out their own Spidey features. Jared Leto’s Morbius is set for release this summer and Tom Hardy’s Venom sequel is filming as we speak. A third Spider-Man film is set to be released in 2021 with production commencing this July.