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Spider-Man Will Not Be Leaving The MCU Despite Initial Reports

Everyone was very sad when it was reported last month that Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man would no longer feature within the MCU going forward. Instead, emboldened by the success of Far From Home and Holland’s high profile as the friendly neighborhood web slinger, Sony decided to pick up the ball and take it home, intent on building its own cinematic universe around Spider-Man and Tom Hardy’s popular iteration of Venom.

Now, in a turnaround that cynical-ass people like myself would describe as “duh!” it turns out all that public furor was maybe just a way to bring both parties back to the table. Spider-Man will continue as a part of the MCU, and his next solo outing will be released on July 16, 2021. What’s more, he’ll “appear” in at least one more MCU movie after that—perhaps as a member of the New Avengers, perhaps as a supporting character in, like, Captain Marvel 2 or something, we don’t know.

Obviously this short-term solution is more of a band-aid than anything, but considering it only took the two studios roughly a month to figure out Spider-Man is maybe better off operating within the MCU fold, we’ll probably be doing this whole thing again in a couple of years (and then two years after that, etc.). There’s nothing in this new announcement/agreement that says Spidey can’t show up in Sony’s own Spider-Man universe [cough] Venom 2 [cough], so the real winner here is Tom Holland, who stands to be a very busy, well-compensated man over the next few years.

Tom Holland was first cast as Spider-Man at 18 and now, at only 23, is among the brightest stars in the entire superhero universe—not to mention one of the highest-grossing actors of 2019. So why’s he hiding out on a golf course with Zach Baron?



by Tom Philip



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