Will future Spider-Man movies be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? In early 2015, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures reached an unprecedented deal that allowed Spider-Man to be rebooted as part of the MCU. Marvel wasted no time in casting Tom Holland as the latest incarnation of the wall-crawler, and he was introduced in 2016's Captain America: Civil War. The new, young Spider-Man has become a hit on the big screen, with Spider-Man: Far From Home becoming Sony's highest-grossing film of all time.

In spite of this box office success - or, perhaps, because of it - the partnership between Marvel and Sony broke down in 2019. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was in favor of continuing the relationship, but Sony and Disney were unable to reach an agreement. Disney wanted a 50/50 co-financing arrangement on future movies, and Sony initially refused to agree to this. This resulted in a breakdown in negotiations that then led to public outcry over the very idea that Spider-Man wouldn't continue on in the MCU as planned.

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However, the issue was ultimately resolved between the two studios, with Holland himself taking a few phone calls with executives and being credited for bridging the gap between Sony and Disney. The new deal sees Disney and Marvel financing 25% of Spider-Man: No Way Home for a quarter of profits earned by the film. The new contract also stipulates that Spider-Man appears in one more future MCU film after No Way Home. The details regarding the rest of the contract are relatively mysterious to those not directly involved in it, but it's clear Marvel and Sony made the deal knowing that Spider-Man, one of Marvel comics' most popular characters, would be fruitful for both studios.

If a new deal hadn't been made, it's possible Sony would have done a soft reboot of the character - but that would have been hard considering the cliffhanger ending for Spider-Man: Far From Home saw Peter Parker's identity made public, with the wall-crawling being framed for the death of Mysterio. In short, the Sony and Marvel deal to share Spider-Man opens the doors further for a shared Sony universe that began with Venom and will continue with its sequel and Morbius, as there are clues in that film's trailer regarding Spider-Man's current predicament in Spider-Man: No Way Home. The fact that Sony and Marvel renegotiated the deal is ultimately a good thing, considering the third Spider-Man film is perhaps the biggest connecting piece to the future MCU slate.

The trailer reveals the multiverse, linking the MCU together with Sony's previous Spider-Man films far more directly than anything that has been done before. So the good news is that the next Spider-Man movie will continue being a part of the MCU, firmly tying in both that and the Sony universe. While Holland could still appear in one more MCU film, it seems doubtful that Sony is done telling Spider-Man stories after that and it's possible the studio will continue making after Spider-Man: No Way Home.

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