Back when Disney and Sony first made the deal to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a comment was made regarding how this was an unprecedented situation between studios — one which would likely never happen again. And yet, us fans foolishly believed that once the benefits were seen for both studios, that they’d continue on in perpetuity.
We now know that isn’t actually the case. As of right now, it looks like Spider-Man is completely out of the MCU for now, with Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra saying that “for the moment the door is closed,” we’d better get used to the idea of a Spider-Man-less MCU.
But, as it turns out…this really was a hard deal to make, and the Russo Brothers really pushed to make it happen, as Joe Russo explained to The Daily Beast when discussing how they had a hard time figuring out Captain America: Civil War without Spider-Man.
“It wasn’t easy. Kevin [Feige] went through a lot. There were a lot of ups and downs, and he kept walking into our office and we’d go, ‘Look, we’ve got to do it with [Sony],’ and he’d go, ‘OK, I’ll figure it out,’ and walk back into his. He was looking for the way out. He wanted to open that door and have us go, ‘We figured it out! We don’t need Spider-Man!’ because it’s a lot of work to get two major corporations to play nice with each other, and the fact that it happened at all, we should all be dancing and celebrating that we got that little bit of time.”
Anthony Russo added: “I think that’s why Joe and I are not so devastated or surprised that there’s been a falling-out, because it was so hard to make it happen in the first place.”
As fans, we should probably have been a bit more realistic at the prospects of this deal continuing in the first place. It’s so easy to love what they put out, but we often forget just how big these companies are, and all the different elements that need to be parsed through. That’s not to say it’s out of the question completely, but it may be a bit before such a deal is made, and from the sound of it, Sony is fully-prepared to let Spidey stick it out in his own world.
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