Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is sticking around the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Holland reportedly signed a new deal to return as Peter Parker in more Spider-Man sequels for Sony Pictures, which teamed with Disney and Kevin Feige’s Marvel Studios to bring the wall-crawler into the MCU. On The Hot Mic with Jeff Sneider and John Rocha podcast, insider Jeff Sneider reported the news that Holland “closed a deal” for the as-yet-untitled Spider-Man 4, the follow-up to last year’s Spider-Man: No Way Home. While unconfirmed, Sneider said Holland’s renewed contract includes another Spider-Man trilogy and at least three more appearances. It’s unclear whether that means within the MCU or Sony’s Spider-Man Universe.
Last year, Spider-Man franchise producer Amy Pascal said Sony was planning “the next three” films with Holland and Feige’s Marvel, seemingly confirming the studios reached another pact.
“This is not the last movie that we are going to make with Marvel — [this is not] the last Spider-Man movie,” Pascal told Fandango while promoting No Way Home. “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.”
Sony insiders refuted those claims, saying there were “no official plans” for Spider-Man 4 or a second trilogy. But within days of their trilogy capper’s record-breaking opening weekend in December, Feige said the two studios had already begun planning their follow-up to No Way Home.
“Amy and I and Disney and Sony are talking about — yes, we’re actively beginning to develop where the story heads next, which I only say outright because I don’t want fans to go through any separation trauma like what happened after Far From Home,” Feige told The New York Times. “That will not be occurring this time.”
In 2015, Sony and Disney signed a five-film agreement allowing Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Under the deal, Holland would suit up in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War before returning in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, with Feige and Marvel Studios producing the solo movie for Sony. Spider-Man crossed over into 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and 2019’s Avengers: Endgame for Marvel, but the pact expired with Spider-Man: Far From Home.
When Sony and Disney disagreed over co-financing on a third Spider-Man movie, it looked like the impasse would pull Spidey out of the MCU. Ultimately, the two studios renegotiated and renewed their deal, which included Spider-Man: No Way Home and one more movie for Marvel.
It’s reciprocal. We lend one, then they lend one, and that’s how Benedict [Cumberbatch] is in [No Way Home], so we have one more lend back that is committed,” Tom Rothman, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures, told ComicBook in December. “But the thing that I can say, and this is actually the accurate scoop on this, which is that the two companies have a terrific working relationship.”
Rothman added: “I think it’s a mutual hope that that would continue, but there really isn’t anything definitive at this moment because the truth of the matter is we gotta ride this puppy and see what happens.”