The Russo Brothers Break Their Silence On Spider-Man Leaving The MCU

The Russo Brothers Break Their Silence On Spider-Man Leaving The MCU

Spider-Man is headed back to Sony, and the
guys who helped bring him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe are disappointed, but not
surprised. During a recent conversation with The Daily
Beast, Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo shared their thoughts on the
web-slinger’s unceremonious exit from the biggest film franchise in history. The pair related that while they and Marvel
Studios head honcho Kevin Feige had been absolutely driven to bring Spidey into their universe,
the shared custody deal with Sony was an extremely difficult one to get done, so difficult that
negotiations to extend it falling apart didn’t register to them as being terribly surprising. Peter Parker appeared in the MCU for the first
time in the Russo Brothers’ second Marvel flick: Captain America: Civil War. From the beginning of the project’s development,
the directors were adamant that the story should include Spider-Man, despite the obvious
stumbling block of Sony holding the film rights. Anthony Russo said, “We were extremely passionate about it. This is something we really wanted to happen,
and fought a long time internally at Marvel to make it happen.” There were, of course, contingencies in the
very likely event that a deal wouldn’t be struck. Black Panther, who was also introduced in
Civil War, would have had his role greatly expanded in the event that Spidey couldn’t
come out to play, and several other narrative elements would have been different as well. The movie’s script went through several iterations
as all of the involved parties were attempting to reach an agreement, and poor Feige was
right in the middle of it all, attempting to juggle the creative and business sides
of his job in a way that he hadn’t been asked to do before. Joe Russo said, “Kevin went through a lot. There were a lot of ups and downs, and he
kept walking into our office and we’d go, ‘Look, we’ve got to do it with [Sony],’ and
he’d go, ‘OK, I’ll figure it out,’ and walk back into his. He was looking for the way out. He wanted to open that door and have us go,
‘We figured it out! We don’t need Spider-Man!’ because it’s a
lot of work to get two major corporations to play nice with each other, and the fact
that it happened at all, we should all be dancing and celebrating that we got that little
bit of time.” Anthony Russo agreed, saying, “I think that’s why Joe and I are not so devastated
or surprised that there’s been a falling out, because it was so hard to make it happen in
the first place.” The Russos make an excellent point; the fact
that we got two solo and three team-up adventures featuring Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic
Universe is in itself a minor miracle. But this doesn’t do much to ease the broken
hearts of the franchise’s fans, who had wanted Tom Holland’s Peter Parker to stick around
in the MCU for just a little longer. “I don’t want to go, I don’t want to go, sir,
please! Please, I don’t want to go. I don’t want to go.” The matter, though, appears to have been settled. Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra
threw cold water on any remaining dreams fans might have with remarks he recently made at
Variety’s Entertainment and Technology Summit, saying, quote, “For the moment the door is
closed.” Vinciquerra also expressed the extremely optimistic
view that Spider-Man will do “just fine” in the Sony Universe of Marvel Characters, without
help from Marvel Studios. Because, sure! Who needs the Avengers when you have Morbius
and Silver Sable? “What is this place?!” To be fair, Venom did do pretty darn well
at the box office, although it got nowhere near the critical love that even the worst-received
MCU films have. We suppose it’ll be cool to see Tom Hardy’s
Eddie Brock and Holland’s Peter Parker squaring off, but let’s face facts: after the debacle
that was the rebooted Amazing Spider-Man series, it was obvious that Sony had completely lost
its way with Spidey. The MCU resurrected his box office fortunes,
giving Sony Pictures, which reaped all the profits from web-head’s MCU-set solo adventures,
not only its top-performing Spider-Man film, but the highest-grossing flick in its history
with the wall-crawler’s MCU swan song, Spider-Man: Far From Home. Fans may love Holland, but it’s hard to imagine
his next appearance in the Sony Universe of Marvel Characters will resonate the same way
his appearances in the MCU have. And who knows how Marvel will have to change
things up now that they don’t have Spider-man around? “I don’t think Tony would have done what he
did if he didn’t know that you were going to be here after he was gone.” Of course, there’s still time for Sony to
come to its senses and invite Mighty Marvel back to the bargaining table, but at the moment,
it appears that the studio is intent on learning what fans don’t want, the hard way. Again. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about your favorite
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100 thoughts on “The Russo Brothers Break Their Silence On Spider-Man Leaving The MCU”

  • The worst part for me is that it’s a total slap in the face to the death and legacy of Tony Stark. I understand he’s a fictional character, but most of us have such a great emotional attachment to these stories that I can’t help but feel like it’s such a huge amount of disrespect coming from Sony.

  • Personally I’m going to avoid any Spider-Man that’s not in the MCU. It’s not often that you find entertainment that captures your imagination quite like the MCU universe has.


    Okay here's a possible senario in my head we all know disney is fucken killing every production company out there, okay with that said if they keep tom holland around as spider man at sony. How do we know that sony isnt gonna be like okay disney we helped you now help us?

  • who cares mcu is done after endgame.. spider-man being the new tony stark means everything is ruined now wish sony just put tom holland in a spider-man tv series

  • What disaster? We all know that the Amazing series is the most accurate Spider-Man and probably the best one so far. For some reason people like to forget that the Amazing series had the MCU as competition and would say anything to defend the MCU doing a poor job in Spider-Man.

  • Alright, if the MCU does not address Peter Parker again, let's just assume with his identity being out there, Vulture and Pre-Scorpion killed him off screen like they had planned in Homecoming's after credits

  • Sony saw what spider man meant to Marvels phase 4 and how much money it could make on their terms so they wanted more. Disney saw how much money they were making Sony and care little for its effect on marvels plans so they wanted more. Here we are

  • BOYCOTT sony spider-man movies! fucking disgusting behavior spider-man should belong to stan lee and no one else, if they dont put him back in the MCU i suggest we take away their choice to keep him!

  • I know Sony is in the right, but at the same time I wish the guys from the MCU just owned all the great superheroes like spiderman, venom, deadpool etc. So much potential between interactions with all of them

  • Why can't they just work together finish the 3rd solo and just have marvel be like aight imma head out there then Sony can try make us watch uncle Ben die another 30 times with 30 or 40 year olds playing a 16 year old then make a sequel that none will like and their own third which will either get cancelled or have 40 good minutes and the rest crap typical sony

  • Sony is a bunch of morons. Marvel is king. Sony is trash. Venom sucked and unfortunately without Marvel's teams Spider-Man will suck also.

  • Fu*k Sony, they bought the rights from a dying studio (Marvel before Disney bought them) and after Spiderman 2 they messed it all up – Spiderman 3, The Amazing Spiderman films and the awful Venom film. Sell Spiderman to Disney for the fans and we will all buy a PS5 or whatever.

  • The problem that people aren’t realizing is that this particular version of Spider-Man is COMPLETELY revolves around his relationship with Tony Stark and the Avengers, which Sony has no rights to

  • Julius Archibald IV says:

    "It's a lot of work to get 2 major corporations to play nice with each other"….. That doesn't seem to be the case with Toho Cinemas and Legendary Studios for MonsterVerse. Maybe Disney and Sony need to look to them as an example….. even though MonsterVerse isn't a Multi-Billion dollar franchise like the MCU. But it doesn't NEED TO be.

  • what if this is all some prank on the fans? and the next MCU movie will have spider man pop up. but some real shit we should start a thing were fans don’t watch MCU or Sony movies till spider man comes back

  • Please for the love of Stan lee let them at least write Spiderman out of the mcu in a tasteful way and just not "Chuck Cunningham" him.

    ( Chuck Cunningham him: to continue the story without ever mentioning him again, as if he never existed.

    Origin: the show happy days where the character " Chuck Cunningham" went up a flight of stairs and was never seen or talked about on the show again)

  • The new Spider-Man movie really disappointed me . It was absolutely boring & really stupid , way to go for ruining the movie series for me . I will
    never EVER watch another Marvel movie again .

  • Wtf is dat sound quality? I mean you guys basically just do the "NEWS" if you can even call it that about Movie related issues, at least do the one thing right you can actually mess up.

  • FriendlyQuesadilla says:

    Sony is screwed tbh. Spider-Man is basically one of their last profitable franchises, and as soon as they go under, Disney will be mopping up EVERYTHING.

  • Sony wanted to build up the characters they own (spiderman+venom) so that when they try to ask for more in the future then the mcu people will have no choice but to give in for the series continuity. Mcu will be sony's vehicle to relaunch some of their stupidly produced movie character.

  • So the 2 movie curse is still going on. Raimi had 2 good movies, the 3rd was horrible. Then we only had two TASM movies and the MCU technically only had 2 movies. Will Sony be able to put their shit together and break the 2 movie curse and make a good trilogy?.

  • i dont even know says:

    i mean… all we have to do is not go see whatever sony puts out with spidey in it and they'll practically throw him into the mcu

  • Anthony Covarrubias says:

    Wow so Iron Man pretty much was motivated because he lost Peter in Infinity War but now he pretty much died with Spiderman not even being part of the MCU, I am pretty sure things would have been different if they never had Spiderman involved like Iron Man still be alive and we would probably be seeing more Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man….. Thanks Sony👏👏👏👏👏👏. You just ruined years of amazing story telling

  • they left us on a massive cliffhanger for far from home, i swear to fucking god if i don’t know what happens to my son i’ll scream

  • I mean as a Spider-Man fan you just cant ask for better than spider man and venom plus carnage 🤔 and maybe the sinister 6 🤷🏻‍♂️

  • I know most people wanted him in the MCU but for those who are saying it is a good thing he is gone. here's the thing you may not like this version of spiderman because it is less comic accurate and instead of ben parker it uses tony stark as his father figure. I get it but guys even if you liked the other versions more they are not coming back. tom holland will still be spiderman only difference is that he's not in the MCU anymore. we could've seen soooo many amazing storylines play out like in the comics. spidey teaming up with x men and fantastic four. but now it's all gone. this is for Tobey and Andrew fans.

  • Are you a Disney owned corporation, Looper? This isn't reporting, it's an opinion piece. I don't know why anybody would think that demanding 50 percent of the profit from a company who actually owns the rights to a product is even acceptable. You're talking about Disney, who underpays their workers in theme parks. You're talking about the Disney that is managing to kill Star Wars. You're talking about a company who prices theme park tickets beyond what most people want to pay and then are surprised to see theme park traffic decline. Please. It was great to see Tom Holland in movies with Downey (great chemistry and comradery). You forget, though, that one of the best superhero movies was created by Sony. That would be Spiderman: Into the Multiverse. Imagine a version of that story with Tom Holland and Zendia. And then there is Spiderman 2, which is still one of the great superhero movies of all time.

    I suspect that Sony will do fine and so will Marvel. Why not look for a different kind of story. There are enough MCU characters to go around and make movies about. Seriously, we are in MCU overload. At some point, this stuff will be tired tripe. I enjoy the movies, but come on. Don't you want to see someone else's take on a character before you do what is essentially a hit job on Sony?

  • Girl With A Laptop says:

    This article is so biased. Sony owns Spidey and can do what they want, they shouldn’t have to bend for Disney like every other company has. Honestly it’s much better for the future of movies that Sony stands its ground. I think they can reach a deal but Disney is going to have to bend, as they should.

  • …Sony invites Disney back? Disney, one of the biggest corporations in the world walked away because despite getting ALL Spider-Man merchandising rights while Sony ponied up the money for the films they wanted more than their reasonable small cut. No, Sony stood up to the greedy corporate giant.

    You gonna have a video about how Disney routinely hampered fan-expectations in regards to Marvel vs Capcom Infinite because Fox held the films rights? How they intentionally mandated that Marvel Comics not create any more mutant characters and then cut the budget for the X books to push the Inhumans which despite never being money-spinners we’re just gonna be the new IT thing? Because they did all that after stating they wouldn’t meddle in the comics but now the Infinity Gems are canonically called Infinity Stones, how Drax is now an idiot and Peter Quill now has an obsession with music to mirror their movie counterparts. Because real fans, fans who read the comics, fans who made the comics popular enough to make movies out of them and then have said movies be massively enough to draw Disney’s greedy eyes (they wanted that 18-35 male demographic), those fans don’t like having the FF and mutants missing from games to spite studios that legally and rightfully hold the film rights to those.

    Sony stood up to Disney, and you can mock Morbius and Silver Sable all you want, at least they’re trying new things. At least Fox made Logan and Deadpool which we’ll never get again now that they’re owned by The Mouse.

    Spider-Man has THE best rogues gallery in all of comics behind Batman and ahead of the X-Men so stop selling them short to appease Disney.

  • Also, those concerned about the storylines stopping, those are Sony films, Sony has the rights to Spider-Man and they paid for those films, they just can’t use the Marvel elements that were in them.

    Marvel needed Sony more than the other way around and Marvel built their franchise on Peter being around then got cocky, that was their issue. Sony can just mention ‘I have those glasses back, I need to work on me’ and then move forward, whereas Marvel has to be like ‘The Kid’ all the time because they can’t mention him by name. Who REALLY loses out on that? Also, didn’t Sony make the best Oscar-winning Spider-Man film with Spider-Verse and then sign those creators to an exclusive deal? Yeah, they’ll be just fine. Disney needs to reevaluate their whole setup.

  • Put pressure on sony. And Boycott all there upccoming films
    Everything like sony didn't exist like i destroyed my sony phones for this

  • The simple answer is boycott any Sony Marvel film. The only thing big business notices or cares about is the money. When Sony comes out with their next Marvel movie…don't go see it. Don't pay to stream it digitally. Don't buy the Blu-Ray. Just Red Box it for two bucks. Heads will role and Spider man will go back to Marvel.

  • LoL21kvn Hernandez says:

    Well I switched from iron man to cap then Spiderman as my favorite mcu character now i guess I have to find a new favorite character from the mcu

  • I like Spider-Man but I HATE Tom Hollands version. He's a whiny assed brat who sucks up to Tony Stark & whinges when he can't be included in anything dangerous. I cheered when he got dusted in the Avengers Infinity War & was peeved that he came back. The comic book version was more mature than this version. I am glad that Sony refused to play nice. But now I've heard all is forgiven & spidey is back in the MCU.

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