Marvel fans rejoiced when it was announced that Spider-Man would be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and after two standalone movies and three trips with the Avengers, the partnership between Marvel and Sony is coming to an end. Marvel couldn’t reach a deal with Sony Pictures to keep Spider-Man with the rest of his Marvel pals, and the MCU is getting a little smaller.

The departure comes from a dispute over financing new and upcoming Marvel films, despite both studios raking in small fortunes from the previous partnership. The news comes just days after Sony Pictures confirmed that “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is the studio’s highest-grossing film in 95-years. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is also the only film in the Spidey franchise to reach the $1B mark, something that Sony Pictures apparently thinks it can do on its own. “Venom” opened with $80M back in 2018 without Spider-Man, and the movie went on to make over $856M worldwide.

The fallout leaves Tom Holland’s character in the dark, a stranger in both worlds. His Spider-Man character first appeared in the MCU in the 2016 movie “Captain America: Civil War,” and since then, the character has appeared in “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”

The partnership allowed Tom Holland to jump between the Marvel films and Sony’s standalone installments, which were still carefully connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony Pictures even had other characters, like Iron Man, appear in their films as part of the arrangement. The deal seemed like a perfect trade for both studios, and each studio made hundreds of millions of dollars with each film that featured the web-crawler. The partnership was also a blessing for fans, which got to see Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the rest of his Marvel crew. Right now, it seems unlikely that Spider-Man will appear in the future Marvel films, and maybe “The Fantastic Four” will take over his growing tech leadership role in the stories. Deadline first reported the news, saying that Sony Pictures refused a 50/50 co-financing arrangement.

The two films in progress with Tom Holland and director John Watts are still scheduled for production, but Marvel Studios President Kevin Feig won’t be there to help. The movies will also most likely lose any connection to the MCU.

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