The recent pandemic has been hard to deal with for many all over the world. Disney and Sony are no exception to this as any and all films/shows that were in the shooting stage have been put on hold, while future projects have been delayed to further dates. Marvel’s upcoming slate of films featuring the likes of Black Widow, Eternals, Shang-Chi, Spider-Man 3, Thor 4, Doctor Strange 2, Black Panther 2, and Captain Marvel 2, have all been delayed to later dates. Amidst all the bad news, we still have some good that may result from this.
If You Can’t Beat Em’, Join Em’
Firstly, with Sony and Disney/Marvel taking heavy financial hits this year, they will both be looking to make-up the losses with as many sure-fire money makers as possible. We know that Venom 2 and Morbius will feature some minor MCU Spider-Man characters, and possibly an appearance of the web-slinger himself. However, what I am suggesting is more than just minor cameos. I believe that Sony and Marvel will work closer than ever before. This means movie and TV cross-overs, Disney+ series featuring Sony characters, and obviously, this would include the assurance of Spider-Man’s future in the MCU.
Silver & Black Coming to Disney+
Back in 2016 we originally heard of a potential Black Cat and Silver Sable film in the works and eventually we heard of the involvement of Prince Bythewood as the movie’s director. Since then it’s been a rough road for the film as it’s release date in 2019 was pushed back due to Prince-Bythewood turning her attention to another comic book adaptation. However, recently in an interview with THR, Prince-Bythewood reported that she has now heard that there is talks of the film coming to Disney+. This is shocking to say the least as Sony is still the producer of the web-slinger’s MCU films and receives the majority of their profits. We will have to see what happens with this development. I am intrigued by the idea of a show and if it’s done right could lead to eventual MCU appearances.
The release dates for Marvel films and Sony films have been Thanos Infinity Stone snapped out of whack. Movies have been switched around and shuffled, some delayed and put on the shelf. So here are the dates as of right now for the MCU…
- November 6, 2020: Black Widow
- February 12, 2021: Eternals
- May 7, 2021: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
- February 11, 2022: Thor: Love and Thunder
- March 25, 2022: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
- May 6, 2022: Black Panther 2
- July 8, 2022: Captain Marvel II
- February 17, 2023: Untitled Marvel Studios film
- May 5, 2023: Untitled Marvel Studios film
- July 28, 2023: Untitled Marvel Studios film
- November 3, 2023: Untitled Marvel Studios film
- To be announced: Blade
- To be announced: Avengers 5
- March 19, 2021: Morbius
- June 21, 2021: Venom: Let There Be Carnage
- November 5, 2021: Spider-Man 3
- October 7, 2022: Into The Spider-Verse sequel
It’s apparent that Sony and Disney/Marvel need each other. Sony has other properties besides Spidey, but nothing that will help sustain them through this financial crisis better than Spider-Man. It would be in Marvels best interest to make Peter Parker a pillar simply because he’s their most popular hero, and he is integral to the future of the films.
We can already see evidence of Marvel and Sony’s strengthened partnership through the Director of Doctor Strange 2 being Sam Raimi, who is responsible for the original Tobey Macguire films. We see hints at a potential Sinister Six film in the Morbius trailer. We even know that Sony is considering a live-action Spider-Verse film down the line. So the future seems to be very bright for the neighborhood’s friendliest hero.
What do you think? Is Spider-Man’s future guaranteed? Let us know down below!