The deal struck between Sony and Marvel Studios to share Spider-Man (Tom Holland) in the MCU is unique, and fluid. At the time of the deal, it was revealed that the agreement covered one Spider-Man movie -- later named Homecoming -- and an appearance in an Avengers movie. Then, the Russo Brothers started filming the next two Avengers movies back to back, and Holland was confirmed. Then, there was chatter for a Spider-Man sequel in the MCU. So what's the deal?
Marvel President Kevin Feige confirms the plan (such as it is at the moment) in a recent interview with The Wrap, where Feige states on record that Spider-Man will appear in both Avengers: Infinity War and the as-yet-untitled Avengers 4, which will be in theaters in 2019. Feige also confirms that Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 will be in theaters in 2019 as well, though it no doubt will NOT be called that. Feige cryptically added:
Meaning, if these movies do well both critically and financially, there's no reason for Tom Holland and Marvel to not continue to partner with Sony on sharing the wall-crawler for multiple movies. When we were on the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming in Atlanta, it was made clear that they'd like to do one Spidey movie for each year of his high school, knowing that he'll be a sophomore in Homecoming. That's at least two more sequels with Holland before the character of Peter Parker graduates. And there are countless stories for Marvel to tell beyond Peter's high school days. But for that to happen, Marvel and Sony have to continue to play nice.
In between these Spider-Man sequels, we expect Marvel to keep making Avengers movies, and it makes sense that Spider-Man would be a crown jewel of that branded franchise. This is where we start to get into the long-range plans of Marvel's Phase Four. The only movies that has been confirmed for that are Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (which also will be directed by James Gunn), and the Spider-Man sequel that will arrive in 2019 after Avengers 4. But realistically, we could have Doctor Strange 2, Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, a third Ant-Man movie and origin stories for as-yet-undetermined heroes to look forward to in 2020 and beyond.
Here's the video that Marvel released teasing Avengers: Infinity War, which currently is filming in Atlanta:
We know that Spider-Man will fight alongside the best and brightest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in two more Avengers movies, at the very least. Head over here for more on Upcoming Marvel Movies coming to theaters in the pending months.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Having been with the site since 2011, Sean interviewed myriad directors, actors and producers, and created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.