If you were optimistic about Spider-Man’s entrance into the MCU being the start of a new day of cooperation between studios that own characters in shared universes, think again. When news first hit that Spider-Man was heading to the MCU, fans rejoiced. When he first appeared in Captain America: Civil War, we all rejoiced at what could easily be the best on screen version of our friendly neighborhood wallcrawler. Sadly, it looks like the fun we all had seeing Peter Parker playing with the Avengers and other members of the MCU is destined to be short-lived. At least, that’s what Sony’s Amy Pascal is telling people.
In a new interview with Cosmicbooknews, this is what she had to say:
“One of the things that I think is so amazing about this experience is that you don’t have studios deciding to work together to make a film very often. In fact it may never happen again, after we do the sequel. Because Sony, and Disney, and Marvel all decided that the right thing to do was to allow Peter Parker and Spider-Man to be in the MCU and to work with the Marvel guys and have them produce this film. And I think that was a very rare thing for three companies to do, and a very brilliant thing for them to decide to do because there are only so many stories that you can tell again and again and again about Spidey, and this is something that we would have never been able to do in any other way. So it was a very selfless thing that very smart on the part of all the companies.”
The tone of a comment like this (I’ve pasted the video below) sounds to me like the powers at Sony think “They’ve got this,” now that Spider-Man is getting some love again. I would be sad if they pull the plug on the partnership after the two Spider-Man movies, not just because of the story possibilities that would be left on the cutting room floor, but because it looks like the hand of Marvel Studios is guiding us to a golden age of Spider-Man.