Spider-Man: Homecoming isn’t even out for another seven months, but Sony Pictures is confident enough that the film will deliver on the amazing promise of yesterday’s trailer to schedule a sequel for July 5, 2019. It’s hard to blame Sony for being confident, given that every single Spider-Man movie the studio has released has earned at least $700 million at the global box office. What’s interesting is that this makes the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel the first film announced for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, unless it isn’t.
While it’s natural to assume Sony will once again partner with Marvel Studios, it is also worth nothing that a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming was not part of the deal between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures when it was originally announced in February 2015. That was a one-for-one deal with Marvel getting to use Spider-Man in one MCU film, which ended up being Captain America: Civil War, in exchange for making one solo Spidey film for Sony. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige reiterated the structure of that deal in an interview with Collider back in October.
“We’re figuring it out. I mean, it was really the specifics for Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Spider-Man: Homecoming just wrapped as you know and we’re just getting into cutting that movie, so that’s the primary focus but we are…that iceberg is thawed and is non existent. So we talk to them all the time about what could be fun for the future.”
It is possible and probably even likely that those “fun for the future” talks have evolved into a new deal that gets Spider-Man into more team-up films like Avengers: Infinity War while Sony gets Marvel-made Homecoming sequels. There has been no word from Marvel Studios or Disney regarding this sequel release date news, however, so I can’t mark it down as a done deal just yet. Perhaps the date’s been dropped before the deal is even done.
Either way, more Spider-Man movies and more of the character in the MCU sounds like a no-brainer. Whatever deal needs to get done likely will soon, if it hasn’t already.