Even if Tom Holland’s Spider-Man finally makes Iron Man proud and gets to become an Avenger, he may not get to do so for long.
According to Spider-Man: Homecoming producer and former Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, there’s a good chance that the character may leave the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the current landmark deal between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures expires after Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, expected to release in 2019.
“One of the things that I think is so amazing about this experience is that you don’t have studios deciding to work together to make a film very often,” Pascal told attendees at the CinemaCon theater-owners event this week in Las Vegas. “In fact it may never happen again, after we do the sequel [to Spider-Man: Homecoming].”
Pascal’s comments don’t rule out the possibility of Marvel and Sony extending the deal, although they so seem to confirm that the current deal ends after the second solo Spider-Man movie in 2019. This means that the deal encompasses five movies in total: 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, the untitled 2019 Avengers follow-up, and the sequel to Homecoming.
Sony recently revealed plans for two Spider-Man spinoffs based on Venom and Black Cat / Silver Sable that will reportedly not be connected to the MCU, although since these movies wouldn’t have been covered under the current Marvel deal anyway, this shouldn’t necessarily be taken as a sign that the studio has no intention of extending its Spider-Man contract with Marvel.
Until such time as a deal is reached (or not), at least we still have a few Spider-Man MCU appearances to look forward to, starting with Spider-Man: Homecoming this July. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the trailer and our breakdown of its coolest moments.