Spider-Man is no longer a part of the MCU thanks to failed negotiations between Sony and Disney. Sony has re-taken sole rights to Spider-Man effectively keeping him out of the MCU for now. Tom Holland is still under contract to play Spider-Man but will more likely play that part in Sony’s Venom universe alongside Tom Hardy. With reactions from fans being angry and disappointed, Marvel directors are also lamenting this break up between Sony and Disney.
In an interview with the Toronto Sun, the Russo brothers were asked their opinion on Spider-Man leaving the MCU. Joe Russo admitted that the deal between the two studios was very “tenuous.” Joe also feels that Sony made a horrible mistake by backing off from the agreement.
“It was a tenuous, fraught union throughout the whole process. But, I will say, stepping back and trying to be objective as possible, that I think it’s a tragic mistake on Sony’s part to think that they can replicate Kevin’s penchant for telling incredible stories and the amazing success he has had over the years. I think it’s a big mistake”, said Russo.
The Russos’ previously opened up on their feelings and told the media that they weren’t surprised by the outcome. According to them, Feige did a lot of homework to keep the deal going and Spider-Man wasn’t supposed to be in the MCU forever.
Sony on the other hand, downplayed the contribution of Kevin Feige to Spider-Man’s success and suggested that Sony could produce the same work that Feige did. This includes hiring screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers to pen the script for Spider-Man 3.