Why Iron Man in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Is a Big Deal

The movie rights to all the various superheroes in Marvel‘s vast library of comics is nothing short of a maze. We have odd exceptions that let Marvel Studios share Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch with 20th Century Fox, but not any of the other X-Men. Sony, despite having held the rights to Spider-Man since the mid-’80s, loaned the web-slinger to Marvel for Captain America: Civil War. No one seems to be able to agree on who owns Namor, evidenced by Marvel’s tug of war with Universal.

Further complicating matters, Iron Man will be appearing in Sony’s Spider-Man: HomecomingThat being so, this sets a massive precedent with wide-ranging implications.

1. Sony and Marvel both end up winning

Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) in Spider-Man: Homecoming | Marvel

The decision to combine the Sony universe and the MCU is a no-brainer for both parties. The former gets to infuse life into a twice-rebooted franchise that petered out after just two movies the last time around. The latter gets at least partial rights to one of its most iconic heroes.

Already we’re seeing the accord work to everyone’s advantage, and with the rest of Hollywood intently watching, it could end up being the first domino toward Marvel Studios bringing all of its wayward characters back under its expansive umbrella.