Sony has officially decided to take their ball and go home. As initially reported by Deadline (and later confirmed by Variety) Sony is considering ending their agreement with Marvel Studios to share the Spider-Man character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since his introduction in Captain America: Civil War, the Tom Holland version of the character has appeared in two solo films (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home) and two Avengers films (Infinity War and Endgame), spawning a new love—and exciting creative period—for one of Marvel’s most beloved characters. But the deal was always on shaky ground, and many wondered how long it could continue for.
Before we move forward to untangle this twisted web that’s been woven, perhaps it’s helpful to go backward and figure out how we all got here to start. Although, that past is perhaps just as tangled as the present—and future—of the character.