Sony Chairman Casts Doubt on New Spider-Man MCU Trilogy; “There Isn’t anything definitive at this point.”
Last night saw the world premiere of the anxiously awaited Spider-Man: No Way Home, which should act as the culmination of Peter Parkers six Marvel appearances; With the studio previously announcing a continued collaboration, Sony Chairman casts doubt on the new Spider-Man MCU trilogy.
We previously covered reports of Amy Pascal’s assurance that Sony and Marvel have already begun work on a brand new trilogy that would feature Tom Holland reprise his role as Spider-man in the MCU.
Sony Chairman Tom Rothman appears to be walking back some aspects of that statement, by reiterating that a continued working relationship between the two studios is not as clear as n official brand new trilogy.
speaking to ComicBook.com great, Brandon Davis, Rothman quickly explained aspects of the current agreement in place, the state of the relationship, and the hope moving forward.
Rothman stated, “It’s reciprocal. So we lend one, and they lend one, that’s how Benedict [Cumberbatch] is in this movie. So we have one ‘lend back’ that’s committed.”
“But the thing that I can say, and this actually the accurate scoop on this, which is that the two companies have a terrific working relationship.”Rothman continued, “I think it’s a mutual hope that that would continue. But there really isn’t anything definitive at this moment.”
The Sony executive concluded stating, “the truth of the matter is, we gotta ride [Spider-Man: No Way Home] and see what happens.”
Although Rothmans quotes feel contradictory to what Pascal has said regarding Spider-Man’s future, they do align with what Tom Holland told The Hollywood Reporter regarding his future with Marvel and Sony.
Holland stated, “The new deal that was struck up was this understanding between the two studios that should Marvel want me to appear in one of their movies, then it would be an open conversation…It’s just this open conversation and open dialogue between Mr. Iger and Mr. Rothman.”
What seems to be the case is that Tom Holland has signed a three-picture deal with Sony Pictures, with the understanding being that Marvel will work on that trilogy.
What isn’t clear, however, is if that deal will include Hollands appearance in any Marvel studios films apart from that trilogy.
This, however, raises even more concerns. Will the Sony films take place in the MCU? Where are the lines drawn as to which characters can appear in both? And at what point does Robert Iger’s stepping away from his role at Disney impact the continued productiveness of this agreement?
We know that Sony and Marvel had almost reached a tumultuous end to their collaborative efforts following Spider-Man: Far From Home– with the relationship being salvaged by a drunk Tom Holland- but only time knows how this all will unfold, and what the future holds for Tom Hollands Peter Parker.