Fans are going berserk waiting for Marvel Studios to release the first trailer of the much-anticipated Spider-Man: No Way Home. Benedict Cumberbatch's starring role as Doctor Strange alongside Tom Holland's Peter Parker further raised theories that could lead to the follow-up Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. But while we eagerly wait for our amazing theories to come true in the film's trailer, there was a time when even getting a third solo Spider-Man film set in the MCU was almost impossible.
For a brief period of time, after the success of Spider-Man: Far From Home, there was a fallout between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, which led to Marvel releasing Spider-Man from its future slate of films and passing on the characters' rights completely back to Sony. This meant that Tom Holland's Peter Parker wouldn't be featured in any of the MCU films and would continue to play the character in Sony's own set of films focused on Spidey and his supporting characters and nemeses.
The news came as a shock to both Holland and his fans who were hoping for a more star-studded spectacular sequel to Far From Home, which ended on a major cliffhanger. None of the stories about Spider-Man have ever included the fact that his identity is outed publicly, and hence, the third film, Spider-Man: No Way Home, already promised a unique take on the characters' future and development in the MCU. But, the fallout occurred and the hopes were thrashed. Both Feige and Holland later confirmed this "break-up" at Disney D23 Expo in 2019, devastating fans. And turns out, it wasn't exactly a happy moment for the producers either.
In a recent chat with Rotten Tomatoes, Kevin Feige admitted how hard it was for Marvel and Sony to go off their collaboration on Spider-Man. Feige said that it was emotional for him and executives at Sony including Amy Pascal. However, at the time, he was also proud of the studios' collaboration and what he along with Jon Watts, Amy, and Tom Holland had created for Peter Parker in the MCU with the two solo films and Spidey's appearances in three other MCU entries. Feige stated, "There was a time when it looked like Marvel Studios would not be involved in Spider-Man movies going forward for Sony. It was only a few months, but it was an emotional few months for, I think, all of us on all sides - and a very public few months, for whatever reason. But yes, I always want to look at the bright side and the bright side was: We got to make two great Spider-Man movies with Amy Pascal and Jon Watts, Tom Rothman, and Tom Holland. And I was very proud of that and very happy at that. Of course [I] wanted it to continue, but always want to be happy with what we have instead of upset with what we don't."
Feige also confirmed that the politics and contracts of the collaboration with Sony bothered him as he believed it was important for the studios to keep their common love for the character alive and that was what drove them to reinstate their agreement and go ahead with a third solo film. He said, "Luckily, Tom Rothman and Bob Iger and Alan Horn and Alan Bergman and Tom Holland himself all realized, 'Wouldn't it just be more fun if we just kept doing it? Let's not get business or politics in the way.' Because the deal always started with Amy Pascal and I having nothing to do with numbers or contracts or politics. It had to do with story and a love of Spider-Man and Peter Parker and the Marvel universe. And it thankfully has continued like that. And that's where we find ourselves now."
Well, luckily for us, the patch-up between Sony and Marvel Studios has not only brought us Spider-Man back in the MCU but has also paved a way for one of the most important entries of the MCU that shall lay the major groundwork for the future of Marvel. The star cast has got a lot to give about the story and that story, if comes true, would change the face of the franchise forever.
The third Spider-Man film set in the MCU is titled Spider-Man: No Way Home. Spider-Man: No Way Home will release as part of Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and would be the 27th film in the franchise. It's slated to release on December 17th, 2021. The film will feature Tom Holland reprising his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man along with Zendaya and Jacob Batalon returning. The film will also feature Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange from previous MCU films. Also joining would be Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon/Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Alfred Molina as Doctor Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus from Spider-Man 2. The upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe entry has also gained some major hype over fans' speculations concerning the plot that may (or may not) be associated with "multiverse" and include Spider-Men from previous live-action films. We can't wait! This news came to us from The Direct.