Spider-Man Is Back in the MCU and Marvel is in Talks to Team Him Up With Deadpool
Marvel and Sony have officially ended the Spider-Man stalemate and are keeping the beloved web-slinger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (at least for now). The two studios are working together on a third movie in hit franchise and have agreed to let Tom Holland reprise the role in another MCU film. With Spider-Man officially back in action, inside sources claim that Marvel is in talks to team him up with Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds).
Marvel to add Deadpool to the MCU
Shortly before Marvel announced its full lineup for Phase 4 of the MCU, Disney moved forward with purchasing several franchises from Fox, including X-Men and Deadpool. Although Marvel has teased a potential X-Men and Deadpool crossover, nothing official has been confirmed.
Fans, of course, have been speculating about an Avengers vs. X-Men film, putting characters like Wolverine alongside Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). But the idea of bringing Deadpool into the mix might be the most exciting prospect of them all.
According to We Got This Covered, Marvel president Kevin Feige is already developing a plan to introduce Deadpool to the MCU. This is a no-brainer given Deadpool’s success over the years. But exactly how Marvel introduces the character remains a mystery.
While nothing official has been confirmed, the source claims that Feige wants to team up Deadpool and Spider-Man. If that happens, they might be the best duo to appear in the MCU yet.
That said, things are still in early development and plans can certainly change. After all, Deadpool is not the first character who is rumored to be teaming up with Spider-Man – and he probably won’t be the last.
Sony and Marvel agree on new Spider-Man deal
Marvel and Sony have been working on a new Spider-Man deal for years, though contract talks stalled right before the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
In fact, fans were beginning to think that Far From Home was going to be the last outing for Holland’s Peter Parker.
Fortunately, Marvel and Sony finally got on the same page, though the contract doesn’t give Marvel full control over the beloved character.
The new agreement allows Marvel to produce one more stand-alone Spider-Man movie. The project will be a joint effort by Marvel and Sony. After Spider-Man 3 is completed, Marvel has the rights to include Spider-Man in one additional movie in the MCU.
This will likely be in the form of a quick cameo, though teaming him up with Deadpool would definitely be the better move.
Although the new deal limits Marvel in certain capacities, there is a chance that Spider-Man could appear in a lot more than just two MCU films.
What’s the future hold for Spider-Man?
After the current contract expires, there is nothing stopping Marvel and Sony from inking a new deal on the Spider-Man front. If anything, both studios will be more inclined to continue their partnership, though that will depend on the success of Spider-Man 3.
If Spider-Man 3 is a box office success – and we have no reason to believe it won’t be – then Marvel and Sony will have a huge incentive to partner up again.
New contract talks will likely take place in 2022, around a year after Spider-Man 3 is scheduled to hit theaters.
The upcoming Spider-Man movie, however, is expected to wrap up Peter’s journey in the MCU and tie up any loose ends from the main plot. Like Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) in the first few phases of the MCU, Spider-Man will then be free for collaborative projects and crossovers.
But that will all depend on whether or not Sony and Marvel can get together for a contract extension at the end of 2021. Considering Spider-Man’s popularity, we have a feeling they will be able to get a deal done.
In the meantime, the next movie in Marvel’s lineup is Black Widow, which is scheduled to open in theaters in May of 2020, followed by a November release of The Eternals.
Marvel has not commented on Spider-Man’s future in the MCU beyond the new contract.