Tom Holland And Kevin Feige Comment On Spider-Man's Future And Seemingly Confirm His MCU Exit

With everything that's been playing out through the media regarding them, you'd think Tom Holland and Kevin Feige would like to be as far away from reporters right now as possible. Unfortunately for them, the two both had to make appearances at this weekend's D23 conference to talk about their upcoming projects. While Holland was their to only promote his upcoming Pixar movie with Chris Pratt called Onward, and Feige took the stage to announce Black Panther 2, questions about the future of Spider-Man were inevitable. The two sat down with Entertainment Weekly to basically confirm that Spidey's future will see him outside of the MCU, and the two gave their first official comments on the matter. 

In the presentation for Onward that I mentioned above, the crowd attending the event apparently gave a loud applause for Holland once he took the stage. While at that moment he didn't specifically talk about the drama unfolding he reportedly appeared emotional onstage when he stated the following: “It’s been a crazy week but I want you all to know from the bottom of my heart I love you 3000”. The clear node to Iron Man's quote from Endgame could be interpreted as a final thank you or goodbye to the MCU, as well as the support he's been getting online from fans. The actor has not only had a tough week due to the Spider-Man news, but also because of his upcoming Uncharted film losing its director just a few days ago. 
While there was no further mention of Spider-Man on stage, Holland did a sit down interview later in the day to more specifically talk about Spidey's future. The actor made sure to confirm that no matter what happens he'll still be playing the character, amongst some rumors he may not have been signed on and was frustrated over having to leave the MCU. In the video below you can see Holland's comments on the matter, which will vague and optimistic also seemingly confirm the character's exit. Feige also sat down to shed some light on the whole situation, stating that Marvel always knew their access to the Spider-Man character was temporary and they feel they were able to tell the story they wanted.  
So from this we can pretty much get that Feige and Marvel are moving on from the character, or at least making it appear so. While it isn't hard to believe that the studio always had the possibility of losing Spider-Man in their head, it is a little far fetched to think this is all the story they wanted to tell. After all, Spider-Man: Far From Home still had many MCU character playing a role in Peter's life despite the absense of Iron Man, and seemed to be setting him up as one of the new faces of the universe going forward. With the cliffhanger of the world now knowing Peter's identity, and seemed like something that would change the state of the MCU for the future. There's also the eventual next interpretation of The Avengers, which almost certainly would've featured Holland's Spider-Man in a key role.
Although this is all disappointing for fans, it is good to know that Holland will at least be returning as the character and we won't have to sit through yet another reboot. Now how different Peter and his world will be without the MCU and in the hands of Sony has yet to be seen, and how they will explain all the missing elements that were so important in the last movie (I guess Aunt May's single again). We also now have confirmation writers Chris McKenna and Eric Sommers who wrote Far From Home will be returning to write the third film for Sony. Jon Watts on the other hand still isn't under contract for the sequel, and Sony and Marvel have reportedly gotten into a bidding wore to get the director to work on their future projects.
So what do you think of Feige and Holland's comments? Do you think Spider-Man 3 can still work without the MCU? Let us know below!

Marvel Reveals New Disney+ Series 'Ms. Marvel', 'She Hulk', and 'Moon Knight' Along With Other Casting News

Amidst all the Spider-Man drama playing out right now between Sony and Disney, Marvel Studios seemingly wants to still give fans something to lift their spirits. While the studio made most of their upcoming project announcements at this year's Comic-Con, they apparently saved some for this week's D23 conference in Anaheim. While their had been rumblings Disney would announce another big project, they instead gave us three which include the likes of Ms. Marvel, She Hulk, and Moon Knight. Similar to the early Marvel Netflix shows, the studio felt these character were best served on as a streaming series rather than films. But unlike with the Netflix characters, we know these three will definitely be connected to the MCU.

Ms. Marvel is a character who has become very popular in recent years in the comics with her alter ego being Kamala Khan who will be the first Muslim character in the MCU. She comes from a Pakistani-American religious family who lives in New Jersey, and she looks up to her idol Captain Marvel. The character is a teenager in the comics so this addition also brings in a new young hero who could join The Avengers down the line, and may end up partially taking the place of Spider-Man as the "new kid". 
She-Hulk is a character who has been rumored for some time, and with Hulk seemingly never getting his own solo movie in the MCU the options to introduce her character were becoming slim. In the comics she's Bruce Banner's cousin, a lawyer named Jennifer Walters who gets a blood transfusion from him and ultimately gives her similar powers. It'll be interesting to see if Mark Ruffalo makes an appearance in the show, especially given how much Disney wants these shows to tie into the big screen MCU.
Then there's Moon Knight, a character who many fans wanted to see join the Netflix Marvel universe back when Daredevil and Punisher were getting their own shows. He's considered one of the darker Marvel superheroes, and even sometimes referred to as their answer to Batman. A series or movie based on him was almost inevitable, and sure enough fans have finally gotten what they wanted. The character has ties to ancient Egypt and some supernatural elements, and with Mahershala Ali's Blade now joining the MCU Moon Knight should fit in nicely.
Some other announcements and footage was shown for Disney+ shows that were already announced. We now know that Emily VanCamp's Agent Sharon Carter (Niece of Beggy) will be returning for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, along with Wyatt Russell playing the new role of US Agent. In the comics US Agent serves as a sort of Captain America wannabe, so its possible this version of the character could have been the government's attempt to replace Steve Rogers. We also know that WandaVision will apparently almost be a 1950s sitcom, with it being the way Wanda imagines her life with Vision in her head. MCU comedic relief character such as Kat Denning's Darcy and Randall Park's Agent Jimmy Woo will also be regulars on the show. 

So what do you think of all these announcements? Which series excites you the most? Let us know in the comments below!

Sony And Marvel Reportedly End 'Spider-Man' Deal Removing Tom Holland's Peter Parker From The MCU

As a huge Spider-Man fan, I think I can speak on behalf of all of us when I say we've been through some serious ups and downs this last decade. Between the cancellation of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 4, the reboot starring Andrew Garfield, and the eventual integration of the character into the MCU played by Tom Holland, there hasn't exactly been stability for fans of the webslinger. Well just when we had got our footing, it seems Sony has now ended their deal with Marvel Studios. This deal was what allowed Tom Holland's version of the character into the MCU specifically for big events movies like Civil War, Infinity War, and Endgame. The character will now apparently be going back on his own away from all the other Marvel characters, and will remove Spidey and all his supporting characters from availability in future MCU projects.

The news in devastating for a number of reasons, but at first its important to note that Sony was never purchased by Marvel unlike the recent deal with Marvel Studios. Where as characters such as the X-Men and Fantastic Four are now fully under Marvel Studios' control with not threat of leaving, the Sony deal saw a partnership between the two studios that would allow them to use the character and share in the profit. Unfortunately this always left the door open for the possibility of Sony wanting to fully take back the character for themselves, especially after a new successful version of the character was launched by the MCU.
The deal was made in the first place due to struggles Sony was having with the Amazing Spider-Man franchise and the Sony hacks that took place around the same time. There was always the thought this deal could be temporary and that now seems to be the case, with the renegotiating of the deal between Sony and Marvel falling through. Marvel reportedly wanted a 50/50 agreement that would see the pay half for each of the movies in order to receive half of the profit. Sony was not interested in this and feel they can move on from the character without the help of Marvel or Kevin Feige. 
Tom Holland's version of the character seemed to be set up as a future staple for the MCU, with the majority of his last film dealing with the legacy left behind by his mentor Iron Man. There were also several non Spider-Man MCU characters involved including Happy Hogan, Nick Fury, and Maria Hill. Its unknown how Sony will account for all these characters or even mentions of them in their new movies, especially with how important they were in Peter Parker's life. Its possible Sony could go the multiverse route by having this Peter crossover into another reality without any of those characters, or focusing on an entirely new version of the character still played by Holland. Overall the whole situation is going to create a headache for both parties involved from a storytelling standpoint. Perhaps the writing was on the wall at this years Comic-Con, where there was no mention of Holland's Spidey at Kevin Feige's Hall H Marvel Panel.
So how do you feel about Spider-Man leaving the MCU? What do you think Sony will do with the character? Let us know below!