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The past month has been an exciting one in regards to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as plenty of exciting news has arrived regarding Phase Four. But while Phase Four of the MCU looks like it's going to bring new and unique content, there will be a major hero missing: Tom Holland's Peter Parker. Sony and Marvel have ended their joint custody of Spider-Man, seemingly guaranteeing that the web slinger will no longer be present in the shared universe. But according to Holland, his past movies like Far From Home are going to be deeply connected to the mysterious third solo movie.
Spider-Man: Far From Home was a game changer for its title character, moving Peter Parker's story forward in unexpected ways. Audiences saw him become a fully formed adult during his European adventures and his identity was revealed. Additionally, he used everything he'd learned from Tony Stark, and even created a new suit in the process. Tom Holland has teased that that scene with Happy on the Stark jet would be instrumental in the upcoming Spider-Man threequel, saying:
I think the best work I’ve ever done in any film is the scene with [Jon] Favreau on the plane, and that’s such a pivotal moment for the three films that we’re making — well, two films we’ve made, one film we’re making. It’s... I don’t really know how to describe it without giving stuff away. I’m really trying hard here.
Well, this is interesting. Despite the split between Sony and Marvel Studios, it seems that the events of Peter's tenure within the MCU will factor heavily into his future big screen adventures. Especially Sony's third solo flick, which is thus far a complete mystery.
Tom Holland's comments from Keystone Comic Con (via Comic Book) are sure to be a relief for Spidey fans, who are feeling some dread about his current state within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland's Peter Parker became a fan favorite character during his five appearances in Phase Three, so it's hard to picture Spidey in another universe altogether. But it seems that the events of his previous installments will still be canon during Sony's growing Spider-Verse-- especially that scene with Happy Hogan.
Sony and Marvel Studios made an unprecedented deal in their shared custody agreement regarding Spider-Man. While the solo movies were Sony's, they were set within the MCU. As a result, Peter Parker had a role in Captain America: Civil War and the last two Avengers movies, in addition to his solo adventures. But after the massive success of Ruben Fleischer's Venom, it became clear that the burgeoning Spider-Verse needed its hero in order to have a long tenure in theaters.
Just how Spider-Man will be pivoted from one shared universe to the other is a mystery, but there are plenty of questions after the news broke about Sony and Marvel's fallout. But the fandom (myself included) will be waiting on baited breath, and eager to see how the ongoing situation pans out.
The next installment in the MCU will be Black Widow on May 1st, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.