Many MCU fans were outraged as recent disputes between Disney (the parent company of Marvel) and Sony have lead to the removal of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Holland first appeared as the MCU’s first Spider-Man in 2015, having a brief but memorable part in Captain America: Civil War. After his appearances in multiple Avengers movies as well as Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, Holland soon became a fan favorite for his portrayal of the character.
Despite this, the Sony and Disney partnership came to an end this year after disputes over cofinancing, producer’s credits, and other matters. There is speculation as to whether or not a new deal could be made to continue the current Spider-Man saga, but as of now, Holland’s incarnation is no longer a part of the MCU.
In other news, Marvel released information on phase four of the MCU this summer. Of the projects to be released, two, Black Widow (2020) and Thor: Love and Thunder, will have female leads, with Scarlett Johansson reprising her role as Black Widow and Natalie Portman taking up the mantle of Thor.
In addition, actor Simu Liu has been set to play the MCU’s first lead Asian superhero as the titular character of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Other movies to be released include Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, which has been described as the MCU’s first horror film, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, and WandaVision.
Despite their recent disputes, Disney and Sony are still currently collaborating on multiple projects together, including some initiatives in phase four. Many fans hope to see the two juggernauts make amends before the release of a new potential Spider-Man movie, though negotiations have yet to be seen.