Spider-Man's Marvel Cinematic Universe adventures may continue after 2021

Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman wants to see more Tom Holland's wallcrawler in the MCU beyond the third movie.

Spider-Man will hopefully continue to swing through the MCU after Tom Holland's next movie.
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We know Tom Holland's Spider-Man will return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in two more movies, but Sony Pictures boss Tom Rothman wants to make more web-slinging adventures with the Disney-owned Marvel Studios. The studio exec was asked about the possibility of continuing the partnership during a Hollywood Reporter roundtable interview earlier this week.

"I hope so," he responded.

Back in September, Sony Pictures (which owns the cinematic rights to the character) and Marvel Studios agreed to make one more Spidey movie together following last summer's Spider-Man: Far From Home. That movie will come out in July 2021, and the character will also appear in an unrevealed future Marvel Studios film. 

Also present at the roundtable, as previously reported by IGN, was Disney Studios boss Alan Horn, who cited the fans as the deciding factor in last year's decision to continue the deal.

"The fanbase, which is important to all of us, seemed to really respond to what Tom and his folks had done before with our people, and they like it," Horn said.

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Rothman acknowledged that Sony can do pretty well with Spidey even when Marvel Studios isn't involved -- non-MCU movie Spider-Man: Enter the Spider-Verse won the Best Animated Feature Oscar in 2019 -- but reckoned the deal was a win for Sony, Disney and the fans. 

Sony is still expanding its own "Spidey-verse," as hinted at the trailer for spinoff Morbius. But Far From Home raked in more than $1 billion at the box office and became the studio's most successful movie ever, so continuing its Marvel Studio relationship seems like a wise move financially.

Neither Disney nor Sony immediately responded to requests for further comment.

First published Feb. 20, 5:09 a.m. PT.
Updates, 5:56 a.m. PT: Adds more detail.