When Sony and Marvel Studios struck their unique sharing deal over the popular superhero Spider-Man, it was for five films. The agreement allows Marvel to use the character in some of their own films, as well as being the creative leads on the solo Spider-Man films that Sony will produce.
While doing the press rounds for this week’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, the first of the Sony paid for solo films, Marvel Studios honcho Kevin Feige talked a bit about the plans for Spider-Man and how they will play out over the coming couple of years.
Speaking with the Toronto Sun, Feige stated –
We are looking at a five-movie storyline — Civil War, Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, untitled Avengers, Homecoming 2 — or whatever we end up calling it — as an amazing five-story journey for Peter Parker. In the way that the events of Civil War directly inform the opening of Homecoming and his state of mind as he goes back to high school, so too will the events of the next two Avengers movies as he continues with high school. This original 22-movie arc ends with the untitled Avengers in May of 2019 and then two months later it will be Peter and Spider-Man (on July 5, 2019) that usher us into the aftermath and how things proceed from there.
So according to Feige, not only will Spider-Man have his own arc through these films, but ultimately his second solo film will be the one that begins to set the stage for what the studio has planned beyond its current Phase Three slate of films. Currently, Marvel is keeping those plans close to their vest, most likely because to start naming future titles could reveal spoilers for the Phase Three movies yet to come. We do know, that a third Guardians Of The Galaxy movie and a second Doctor Strange film will be part of that plan.
It should be pointed out that Tom Holland, who plays this new incarnation of the wall crawling superhero, is contracted for six films all together – the five as outlined by Feige above and one further solo adventure. Which raises the question over Marvel’s involvement in that last solo film. If the agreement works well for both parties – and it certainly looks as if it will – than there’s little doubt that both sides will want to continue it over to the third solo film and probably beyond.