Peter Parker is about to have another homecoming. Following a lengthy dispute between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures regarding the cinematic rights to the Spider-Man and widespread rumors that Sony would be building their own universe around him, it has finally been announced that the character will remain in the established continuity of the MCU.
Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios’ parent company Disney have reached an agreement which will see Peter Parker (played by Tom Holland since 2016) appear in a third standalone movie following 2017’s Homecoming and this year’s Far From Home, to be released on July 16, 2021.
“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said today. “Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”
While the Marvel Cinematic Universe will retain its current version of Spider-Man, Sony is in the middle of building its own expanded on-screen world: efforts began with Venom, starring Tom Hardy in 2018, and future projects include movies centering on Spider-Man characters Morbius and Madame Web.
“This is terrific,” said Amy Pascal, a former Sony Pictures chairperson who worked as producer on Spider-Man: Homecoming. “Peter Parker’s story took a dramatic turn in Far From Home and I could not be happier we will all be working together as we see where his journey goes. This has been a winning partnership for the studios, the franchise and the fans and I’m overjoyed it will continue.”