Why Spider-Man Will Stay in the MCU
Now that Spider-Man: Far From Home has officially reached $1 billion worldwide, we can all breathe a deep sigh of relief. I was never totally convinced that the movie making a billion dollars was a condition for Marvel being able to oversee another film, but I'm sure happy not having to take any chances.
In fact, this should pretty much guarantee that Sony will want to continue their deal with Marvel Studios. Sure, Sony would probably love to control Spidey themselves. But what do they care about more than anything else? The same thing every other corporation cares about: profits. They like making money and they're making a lot of it. The contract renewal is probably already drawn up.
Marvel Studios is making Sony more money off Spider-Man than they were ever able to make themselves. The deal is certainly beneficial to Marvel because they get to use their flagship hero, but Marvel also has a ton of other characters in the stable. If they lost Spidey, it would hurt, but they would survive. Sony needs Marvel a lot more than Marvel needs them. First, they're able to put out quality movies. But they also have a built-in MCU fanbase that is addicted to this particular franchise to the point where nobody can wait for their next fix. And the ability to use MCU characters in their films, such as Iron Man and Nick Fury, is a huge boost as well. If Sony thinks it can do better and make more money on its own, then I'm sure it will pull Peter Parker. But I doubt it. Would you pass up a billion dollars every couple years from someone else's work?
There are still some issues to resolve. Sony has been pushing Venom on the MCU, while Marvel would much prefer to have Norman Osborn. Sony is pursuing standalone films for villains like Osborn and Kraven the Hunter, interfering with potential storylines for future Spider-Man films. In a perfect world for us fans, they would simply merge both universes and allow all the characters to interact together. That won't happen, but what we're getting is pretty damn close.
The next Spider-Man sequel has yet to be announced, but I expect that announcement to come from Sony at New York Comic Con. Maybe we'll also get a hint at a new deal between the studios at that time.
I can't help but think that our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will continue in the MCU for a very long time. It just makes too much sense for both sides.
- Brian Flinchbaugh