Maybe Spider-Man isn’t leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe after all.
In an interview with Fandango, published Monday morning, Spider-Man: No Way Home producer Amy Pascal revealed new plans are being drawn up to continue the relationship between Sony Pictures, the movie rights holder to Spider-Man and his library of characters, and Marvel Studios. “This is not the last movie that we are going to make with Marvel [Studios]” she told the site. “We are getting ready to make the next Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland and Marvel. We’re thinking of this as three films, and now we’re going to go onto the next three. This is not the last of our MCU movies.”
Of course, it is possible Pascal may be referring to the original deal put into place when Holland forced Disney and Sony to complete renegotiating the Spider-Man: No Way Home participation deal back in 2019. At the time, word indicated Holland and his version of Peter Parker would appear in one additional MCU-set Spider-Man film (which became No Way Home) and a supporting appearance in another Marvel Studios film. At that time, Sony felt confident about its own prospects for a Spider-Man movie universe in the wake of both Venom‘s and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse‘s successes. It was also presumed that the Holland Spider-Man would enter that film universe, which the studio ultimately branded the Sony Spider-Man Universe.
Despite the frosty tension between corporate entities going into the 2019 D23 Expo, the relationship between Sony and Disney seemingly warmed up enough during No Way Home‘s production for Venom and Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) to end up in the MCU. It also led to No Way Home becoming an accidental celebration of the previous Spider-Man films across the last twenty years.
But if we come back to Pascal’s phrasing, she mentions thinking in terms of trilogies. That suggests a renewed relationship across three more Spider-Man films. How this fits in with Sony’s film universe, which includes January’s Morbius, a Spider-Woman film, and features centered on Madame Web, Kraven the Hunter, Silver Sable, and Black Cat, remains to be seen.