How the Avengers and the MCU Treat Each Other Like Family

While the cast and crew of the Marvel Cinematic Universe doubtlessly consider themselves a very large family, that notion is tinged with regret this week in the wake of the news that Spider-Man will no longer be part of that universe – at least for now. 

At the same time, during the D23 Disney fan convention, several MCU players, including Tom Holland, put on a united front, playing up how lucky they are to know one another. So despite the tiff between Sony and Disney, Marvel still plays up the big happy family angle.

The MCU announced several new projects, and Marvel President Kevin Feige finally chimed in on the Spidey news. 

The Avengers support each other in real life

Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” stars | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

In addition to D23, MCU folks have been appearing around the country on the I Love You 3000 tour celebrating the extremely successful end of the Avengers saga. One of those folks is Sean Gunn, the brother of Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director James Gunn, so in this instance, the family angle is literal. 

James works on the Guardians and Avengers movies as the on-set stand-in for Rocket. CinemaBlend interviewed Gunn, who offered this anecdote of MCU solidarity:

“My favorite thing was watching cast members talk about what it was like to be where the other one was. I enjoyed hearing Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson talk to Brie Larson about what it’s like getting used to your costume, and how it’s tricky and how to navigate learning how to move in a new situation like that. I love that kind of thing more than anything.”

This gives the lie to rumors that flew around earlier this year that the other Avengers actors couldn’t stand newcomer Larson, who played Captain Marvel. 

The Sony/Marvel agreement dissolves

Feige helped strengthen family ties after he helped bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Previously that had not been possible because Sony owns the rights to the characters and had been making their own movies. The new deal reached had been mutually beneficial, with Spider-Man appearing in Avengers-related movies, and Marvel Studios co-producing Sony’s Spider-Man Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home

That deal expired after Far From Home, and unfortunately, Sony and Disney were unable to agree on a new deal. Disney wanted a 50 percent co-financing stake in the Spider-Man movies, which had been previously financed solely by Sony. Sony wasn’t interested in ceding that much control over their most valuable property, so they decided to forge ahead on their own. 

As it stands, Holland will still play Spider-Man, but Spider-Man will no longer appear in MCU movies with the other Avengers. This upset many fans, who assumed that Spider-Man would be key to future MCU phases and that only Feige could make a good Spider-Man movie. More fans really need to see or be reminded of the excellent Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse, in which Feige was not involved. 

Feige and Holland appear at D23

It was no surprise that Feige appeared at this weekend’s Disney fan convention, announcing a new list of Disney+ series including She-Hulk and confirming that the Black Panther sequel is set for May 2022. But Feige also addressed the Spider-Man situation. 

“I’m feeling about Spider-Man gratitude and joy,” Feige told EW. “We got to make five films within the MCU with Spider-Man: two standalone films and three with the Avengers. It was a dream that I never thought would happen. It was never meant to last forever. We knew there was a finite amount of time that we’d be able to do this, and we told the story we wanted to tell, and I’ll always be thankful for that.”

Fans were surprised to see Holland, who came, not officially for Spider-Man, but for Pixar’s Onward, which will come out next March. However, he did mention Spidey, telling the crowd, “Hey everyone, it’s been a crazy week but I want you all to know from the bottom of my heart that I love you 3000.”