Spider-Man: Sony Confirms the Studio Is Shamelessly Embracing Its Spider-Verse
Spider-Man may do whatever a spider can. But the character has still struggled to remain relevant in the current golden age of comic book movies. Hollywood has changed a lot since Sam Raimi’s original film swung into theaters back in 2002.
The character is frequently regarded as Marvel’s most iconic character, in part because he put Marvel Comics on the map back in the 1960s. Even Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has named Spider-Man his favorite hero. Now it feels like Spidey’s big-screen future is beginning to come together in a new and exciting way.
Marvel and Sony’s joint custody arrangement
One of the biggest stories in the geek community in 2019 was the ongoing tug of war between Marvel Studios and Sony over Spider-Man. Following the failure of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the two companies worked out an arrangement years ago allowing the webhead to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). But that deal looked like it about to officially come to an end.
After all, Sony had great success with both Venom and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in 2018. So perhaps the company was emboldened by those releases, having proved itself capable of producing beloved, commercially successful films featuring Spider-Man. Sony had rarely accomplished such a feat on its own since Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 almost 15 years earlier.
But the blow to the MCU would have been too devastating. Spider-Man: Far from Home had just seen Tom Holland’s Peter Parker escape the shadow of Iron Man. And fans were thrilled to see the fallout that film’s big surprise ending would have on the MCU. Thankfully, it all worked out in the end.