Avengers: Infinity War ended on a massive cliffhanger that showed a number of MCU superheroes perish and among them was Spider-Man. In fact, the movie’s makers and Marvel bosses are trying their best to convince the audiences that the Spidey is truly dead.
“The sooner you accept that,” Infinity War co-writer Christopher Markus emphasized, “the sooner you will be able to move on to the next stage of grief.” However, such a statement is pretty unconvincing especially since Amy Pascal has mentioned that Spider-Man: Far From Home begins minutes after Avengers 4 and Kevin Feige has also stated that the Spider-Man movie will take us beyond the phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Therefore, it is beyond doubt that Spider-Man will rise from the dead, and that makes us believe that the others will also be revived similarly.
However, things are beginning to get worse as we are inching closer to Avengers 4.Spider-Man: Far From Home is scheduled to release barely two months after Avengers 4, and that means the marketing for the film will start even before his resurrection is revealed on the big screen.
Despite there being other sequels in the works, it is possible that they could be based in time before the Avengers: Infinity War. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 can be taken as an example; the Vol. 2 was based in 2014, and the films have a tendency to jump around the timeline (Gunn denies that though), and it is anyway going to release in 2020 which gives it space. The problem with Spider-Man: Far From Home is peculiar. Although Feige claims that it had always been this way as Peter Parker was planned to be the hero who will take us into the next phase of MCU, but, the truth is, this is weird. Has the deal with Sony created problems for Marvel?
What impact has Spider-Man and Sony’s Deal made on the MCU Phase 3?
The original plan on wrapping up the Phase 3 had been decided way back in 2014, and that’s when Marvel had taken the surprising decision of revealing their whole slate of films supposed to release up to 2019. However, behind-the-scenes, things were quite messy at that time. Marvel had contacted Sony about using Spider-Man in the MCU, and the writers of Captain America: Civil War (Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus) had readied two versions of the script, one that had Peter Parker and the other without him.
December 2014 witnessed a massive hacking incident which saw a great deal of Sony’s secrets being spilled on the Wikileaks. This also included an initial draft of the Spider-Man deal that had a proposal for a trilogy of Spider-Man solo movies to be released at a gap of two-years each. The first film was scheduled for 2017, second for 2019 and the last for 2021. Although it was just a draft, but, so far its contents have matched everything that has taken place. The inclusion of Spider-Man: Homecoming into Phase 3 compelled them to redo the release dates and also the Inhumans getting scrapped, but, that wasn’t much problematic with the overall Phase 3. The real problem is with the 2019 sequel.
The problem posed by the deal
Let’s assume that the finger snap was already decided by Marvel, either at the end of Avengers: Infinity War or as suggested by some drafts, at the start of Avengers 4. But, this 2019 sequel left only one of the three options before Marvel:
Spider-Man survived the snap, and the sequel be placed between Avengers 3 and 4.
The sequel might be based before the incidents of Avengers: Infinity War.
The film starts after Avengers 4, providing audiences a look at the Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
However, if they had kept Spider-Man alive, it would have changed Avengers 4 massively, since Marvel had a clear idea of focusing on the original Avengers and wrapping up the Phase 3. Also, it won’t have been logical to hop around the timeline since Marvel would be keen to launch the next Phase of films. Therefore, the only option left was to let this be a launching point for the next phase of Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Marvel-Sony deal might have given Spider-Man to the MCU, but, the Spider-Man: Far From Home has created a great marketing conundrum for Marvel and it has impacted the whole premise being built by Marvel about the deaths being actual. Well, there is reaction to every action.