Sony vs. Marvel

Marandah Mangra-Dutcher, Staff Writer

Sadly, it has been going around social media and news outlets that Sony has chosen to withdrawal Spider-Man from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, also known as the MCU.

Tom Holland, who has played Spider-Man since 2016, has acted in the movies “Captain America: Civil War”, “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, “Avengers: Infinity War”, “Avengers: Endgame”, and “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” “Captain America: Civil War” was Spidey’s debut in the ever-evolving MCU. The addition of Spider-Man created so much topics and ideas that Marvel could use in the storyline of the MCU. The MCU, over the last 10 years, has had phases movies. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” was the last film in phase three, and marked the start of phase four. The idea that phase three ended with Spidey and phase four started with him had fans thinking that he would be one of the main focuses of the upcoming movies.

However, as of right now, those theories and dreams have been diminished by the announcement from Marvel saying Sony, who controls the Spider-Man name in movies, has pulled Spider-Man from the MCU. The reason revolving around money, and how little they make when they partner with Marvel. As I understand it, Sony only owns the right to Spider-Man’s name when it comes to movies.

The owner of Spider-Man has jumped to and from many people, majority of the time with Sony. However, the original ownership of Spider-Man was Marvel, as comic writer Stan Lee thought of the idea of Spider-Man and wrote him into the Marvel Comic books.

Personally, I believe that Spider-Man should return to his original owners. I understand that the current situation could very well be Marvel’s fault but Spidey came from the minds of Marvel and would not even exist if it were not for Marvel. Fans are calling from a truce and are still holding on to hope that Sony and Marvel will reach an agreement, and I hope they do. However, Spider-Man needs to return to his home.