Earlier this year, fans were shocked to learn that Sony and Marvel broke the Spider-Man movie deal. It seemed that Spider-Man: Far from Home was the web-slinging superhero’s last appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Fast forward to October — and good news came around. The two companies have once again agreed to allow Spider-Man to stay a little longer in the MCU. But what will he be up to in the upcoming sequel?
Fixing the Sony-Marvel Dispute
Last September, Sony Pictures CEO Tony Vinciquerra declared that there was no ongoing deal about Spider-Man appearing in the MCU. But Tom Holland wasn’t going to back down. He wanted to stay with Marvel as well.
Thus, the 23-year-old actor approached two company executives. First, he sought a chance to talk to Tom Rothman, who is the current chair of Sony Pictures. Then he discussed with none other than Disney CEO Bob Iger.
Here was a young man who dared to change the history of the Spider-Man films. Rothman and Iger were far richer and more powerful than him, but Holland didn’t give up.
Now, Sony and Marvel have once again agreed to work together. The deal now is that Disney will get 25 percent of the net gross since they will pay for a quarter of the budget.
Meet the Rest of the Sinister Six
Okay, if you’ve seen the first two Spider-Man films under the MCU, you know who Spider-Man has faced with. He fought Vulture in Homecoming and Jake Gyllenhaal’s version of Mysterio in Far from Home.
We’re still unsure about the next villain for the third movie, but we’ve got an idea. You see, both Vulture and Mysterio are part of a group of supervillains known as the Sinister Six.
In comic books, the Sinister Six has undergone various changes over the years. The latest incarnation is the Sinister Six 14, which doesn’t include the villains in the MCU Spider-Man movies.
But they were part of the first two versions of the Sinister Six. And if the MCU will further explore the group, then we can pick from a select few.
The leader of both versions is Doctor Octopus, which moviegoers already saw in 2004’s Spider-Man 2. Other than him, the group includes Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Sandman, and Hobgoblin.
And what’s even better is that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man may face multiple threats. Now that the events of Far from Home revealed his identity to the public, more enemies will likely come looking for him.
Leaving the MCU in the End
As much as we are all glad of Spider-Man’s return in the MCU, it won’t last forever. The new deal is only good for two more Marvel films.
One of those is the third Spider-Man movie, which is set for a 2021 release. Other than that, Tom Holland’s character will also be in one more Marvel movie, which none of us still know about.
It’s great that Holland did what he could to keep Spider-Man in the MCU. He pretty much proved that he can be a hero for millions of Spider-Man fans in real life.
But Hollywood is all about the money. Sony is already expanding its Spider-Man universe with Venom, so it will likely cut ties with Marvel in the long run. For now, let’s await what Spider-Man 3 has in store.