There’s no doubt that Spider-Man fans were holding on to the hope that Sony and Disney could find some sort of common ground after they broke up. Sony seemed to place the blame on Disney for being too greedy, while star Tom Holland remained optimistic about the situation.
However, at a recent entertainment summit, Sony Pictures CEO Tony Vinciquerra said “for the moment the door is closed.” More on the report below.
Vinciquerra spoke at Variety‘s Entertainment and Technology summit, where he told attendees about the current state of Spider-Man in cinema. As it stands, the character will be back at Sony, which means he is free to operate as a new hero and interact with characters like Morbius and Venom. No word yet on if that will happen.
Holland says he intends on playing the character for as long as he can. But back to Vinciquerra. The CEO expressed no animosity towards Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige:
“We had a great run with [Kevin Feige] on Spider-Man movies. We tried to see if there’s a way to work it out. The Marvel people are terrific people — we have great respect for them — but on the other hand we have some pretty terrific people of our own. Kevin didn’t do all the work.”
However, he does believe that he has far too many responsibilities now that he will be overseeing Marvel Studios titles over at Disney+. Sony also believes that they will be fine without Feige. Even if Feige was stretched too thin, he does have a staff and brain trust to support him. While Vinciquerra thanked Feige for all of his contributions, he seemed to downplay how those efforts actually saved Spider-Man. He added:
“Spider-Man was fine before the event movies, did better with the event movies, and now that we have our own universe, he will play off the other characters as well. I think we’re pretty capable of doing what we have to do here.”
He’s placing everything on the success of Venom. That seems to be a little presumptuous considering that it was only one film. Even before Spider-Man became a part of the MCU films, the short-lived reboots from Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone weren’t anything spectacular. All of that is not to say Sony can’t do it, but you’d be hard-pressed to find evidence that they can, considering their history of reboots and spinoffs.
Despite all of the pessimism that is going around the cinematic Spider-Man, some remain hopeful that the Webhead could return. That includes Jon Favreau, who played Happy Hogan in both Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man Far From Home. At a separate panel, Favreau said:
“I’ve been talking to everybody about it…I’m cautiously optimistic. I think it’s a long way away and I think the collaboration has been really strong up to this point so I’m hopeful that there’s away for us all to play together going forward.”
And even if Sony and Marvel Studios don’t collaborate, Sony still has their ambitious plans which include more spinoffs and television shows.