Sony Pictures Chief Tony Vinciquerra says “for the moment the door is closed,” when it comes to renewing the Marvel Studios Spider-Man deal that keeps Tom Holland in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Rather, Sony will push forward with its own cinematic universe focused largely on Spider-Man characters, reports Variety from the publication’s own entertainment and technology summit. The studio has already started laying the groundwork for this new cinematic universe in the form of 2018’s surprise superhero blockbuster Venom.
But why did the Marvel Studios deal fall apart? Vinciquerra was a little more tight-lipped on the subject, but let it be known that there are no hard feelings between Sony and Marvel.
“We had a great run with (Feige) on Spider-Man movies,” said Vinciquerra. “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.”
Vinciquerra also pointed to the success of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Amazon’s The Boys (produced by Sony) as proof that the studio is capable of going it solo in the superhero genre.
“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,” said Vinciquerra. “I think we’re pretty capable of doing what we have to do here.”
Fortunately, Tom Holland’s time as Spider-Man has not come to an end as Sony is currently planning to produce a third film with him as the wall-crawler. However, as previously mentioned, the next Spider-Man film won’t be able to feature any of Tom Holland’s Marvel Cinematic Universe co-stars unless Sony and Disney can resume negotiations and reach an agreement.