For months now there’s been speculation about the future of “Spider-Man” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, given star Tom Holland said earlier this year, he had completed his obligations to his Spider-Man contract and recently told GQ he didn’t want to be playing the web-slinger into his ’30s.
The thinking had been the Sony/Marvel relationship was done for now and perhaps Peter Parker would go back to Sony’s Spiderverse. Not so says franchise producer Amy Pascal. Speaking with Fandango, she immediately shut down the idea that “Spider-Man: No Way Home” would be the last MCU/Sony film and in fact, teased a new trilogy.
“This is not the last movie that we are going to make with Marvel – [this is not] the last Spider-Man movie. We are getting ready to make the next Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland and Marvel, it just isn’t part of… we’re thinking of this as three films, and now we’re going to go onto the next three. This is not the last of our MCU movies,” Pascal told Fandango about continuing to work with Marvel in the future.
Pascal makes sure to acknowledge there are still different universes at play here, “Well, there’s the Marvel Universe, which is one container, and then there’s the [animated] Spider-Verse movies, which are different and then there’s the other universe where the Sony [‘Spider-Man’ live-action] ]characters are in. We all are very respectful of each other and work together and make sure that we’re only being additive.”
When bluntly asked if Holland’s Spider-Man will ever show up in a non-MCU film, Pascal responded with “We all want to keep making movies together. How’s that for an answer?”
So, we’re not at the point that Sony projects are going to be retroactively or automatically considered part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Amy Pascal is making a point to define the three different universes are at play. Will Olivia Wilde‘s “Spider-Woman” film be an MCU project like Holland’s movies? That remains to be seen, but it should be said that “it just isn’t part of…” part of her earlier answers raises some interesting questions. ‘Spider-Man 4’ produced with Marvel won’t be part of what… the MCU?
Earlier in the month, Tom Holland mused to GQ that Miles Morales from the Oscar-winning animated film “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” should take over the mantle. “Maybe it is time for me to move on. Maybe what’s best for Spider-Man is that they do a Miles Morales film…If I’m playing Spider-Man after I’m 30, I’ve done something wrong,” Holland told GQ.
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” tickets are on sale now (apparently crashing a lot of ticket websites in the process) and will be released on December 17.