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Sony says "the door is closed" on Spider-Man MCU return... for now

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The Spider-Man saga, involving Sony, Marvel, and the character’s return to the MCU for Marvel Phase 4 (opens in new tab) or beyond, has come to an abrupt end.

Sony Pictures chairman Tony Vinciquerra has told Variety (opens in new tab) that “for the moment the door is closed” on Tom Holland’s character being placed back into the MCU. He also adds that there is “no ill will” between Sony and Marvel after the back-and-forth over the past few weeks, which included the latter releasing a statement (opens in new tab) suggesting that Kevin Feige’s newfound responsibility with Fox properties meant he could not focus on Spider-Man.

This comes off the back of Holland saying earlier this week (opens in new tab) that the future of Spider-Man “rests in Sony’s safe hands,” which would indicate that any potential talks have collapsed and the two parties have retreated from the negotiating table.

Of course, many will cling to the optimistic use of “for now” – a teasing tactic if ever I’ve seen one – as evidence that this isn’t truly over. Much like the comic book counterparts, dead never truly means dead. There’s always one last trick or twist potentially still to come. Whether it will happen in this case, though, remains to be seen.

There is slightly better news for fans of the webhead, however. Vinciquerra has teased that “five or six” new TV shows set in the Spider-Man universe are on the way. When coupled with the fact that Venom 2 – which now has Andy Serkis attached as director (opens in new tab) – and several Spider-Verse productions and spin-offs are in the works, the immediate forecast for Spidey doesn’t quite seem so gloomy.

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