If you were holding on to hope that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios would eventually reach a deal on the Spider-Man franchise, we have some bad news for you.
“For the moment the door is closed,” Sony’s chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra said at Variety’s Entertainment & Technology summit Thursday.
A deal between Marvel and Sony saw Tom Holland’s Spider-Man join the Avengers in the MCU. But that deal expired with, a massive success for Sony, raking to become its highest-grossing movie of all time.
Marvel super-producer Kevin Feige was seen to be a huge part of that, and going forward Marvel’s Disney overlords wanted a greater cut of box office revenue from future Spider-Man films.
That’s not in the cards. Still, according to Vinciquerra, there’s “no ill will” between Sony and Marvel and Feige might be “stretched incredibly thin” anyway with the huge swathe of new Marvel heroes, including and , along with and .
“We had a great run with [Feige] on Spider-Man movies,” Vinciquerra said. “We tried to see if there’s a way to work it out … the Marvel people are terrific people, we have great respect for them, but on the other hand we have some pretty terrific people of our own.
Vinciquerra pointed to the Phil Lord and Christopher Miller-producedas one of its non-Marvel Spider-Man success stories. And there’s a lot more to come, including a , a Morbius film starring Jared Leto, and “five or six” based on the Spider-Man world.
In the end, both studios have enough content to be just fine without sharing Spider-Man.