– by Joseph Jammer Medina

There seems to be a lot of back and forth as to just how far the deal between Sony and Marvel Studios will extend. For the most part, there seems to be an agreement that they have a five-picture deal that extends through Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, but every so often, we get a line from someone (most recently actor Tom Holland) that seems to imply a third standalone film.

Of course a potential third standalone will ultimately depend on how this venture between the studios turns out, and on how much each one will benefit, but Marvel Studios has always played things pretty safe. Yes, they’ve been known to make big risks, but never detrimental ones, and they’ve also made sure t make incremental steps in their filmmaking and character building, and Spider-Man seems to be no exception.

Speaking with The Toronto Sun, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige discussed their plans for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.

“We are looking at a five-movie storyline — Civil War, Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, untitled Avengers, Homecoming 2 — or whatever we end up calling it — as an amazing five-story journey for Peter Parker. In the way that the events of Civil War directly inform the opening of Homecoming and his state of mind as he goes back to high school, so too will the events of the next two Avengers movies as he continues with high school. This original 22-movie arc ends with the untitled Avengers in May of 2019 and then two months later it will be Peter and Spider-Man (on July 5, 2019) that usher us into the aftermath and how things proceed from there.”

As you can see, for the time being, it sounds like Marvel Studios is wisely planning their Spider-Man arc based on a sure thing. For right now, the only sure thing is that Spider-Man will reside in the MCU until Spider-Man: Homecoming 2. Sure, they’re likely to renew the deal with Sony, but in a world where Sony seems to like throwing their creative weight around in a seeming attempt to pat its own ego, it’s hard to be one hundred percent sure that things will work out.

Of course, while that still gives us another solid four films to enjoy, us fans will likely be following the progress of the films as they come out. Each film that gets released will feel like one film closer to the day we find out whether or not this unprecedented deal between Sony and Marvel Studios can continue. At the very least, it sounds like if things don’t go through, they’ll likely leave things in a solid state, not unlike how Iron Man 3 left Tony Stark in a more or less well-adjusted state before breaking his world open again in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

What do you think of Feige’s statement? Do you like that they’re planning a 5-film story arc, or do you wish they would at least finish out a trilogy? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: The Toronto Sun

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.