You might be scared that now that “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is in cinemas and smashing box office records, we’re in for another emotional roller coaster like in 2019. Not really: Producer Amy Pascal and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige have revealed that a fourth film featuring the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of Spider-Man is in the works.
Pascal and Barnes addressed Pascal’s prior claims that Tom Holland will feature in another “Spider-Man” trilogy in an interview with Brooks Barnes of the New York Times about “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and the franchise’s future. (She also addressed the remarks on the red carpet with Variety’s Marc Malkin on Monday.)
“We’re producers, so we always believe everything will work out,” Pascal explained. “I love working with Kevin. We have a great partnership, along with Tom Rothman, who runs Sony and has been instrumental, a great leader with great ideas. I hope it lasts forever.”
Feige added his two cents, confirming that a fourth “Spider-Man” film is in the works.
“Amy and I and Disney and Sony are talking about — yes, we’re actively beginning to develop where the story heads next, which I only say outright because I don’t want fans to go through any separation trauma like what happened after Far From Home,” Feige said, mentioning the brief period in 2019 where the deal for Disney and Sony to co-produce the movies fell through. “That will not be occurring this time.”
For those who don’t recall, Marvel and Sony hit an impasse on future Spidey films in August 2019 — just over a month after “Far From Home” was released — and broke the partnership that introduced the wall crawler into the MCU. They were able to patch things up a month later, but for a brief moment, it appeared like Spider-Man was no longer alive in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Given the way No Way Home ends, Pascal later commented in the New York Times report that there is enough more plot to explore with Tom Holland’s Spidey. “At the end of the movie we just made, you see Spider-Man make a momentous decision, one that you’ve never seen him make before,” she notes. “It’s a sacrifice. And that gives us a lot to work with for the next film.”
Pascal and Feige also discussed how they originally collaborated. When “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” released to mixed reviews in 2014, Pascal was Sony’s senior movie executive. She sought counsel from Feige on how to proceed with the character. She didn’t like it when he offered that Marvel Studios make the next “Spider-Man” picture.
She explained, “I threw a sandwich at him.”
“She said, ‘I really want you to help on this next movie. We have these great ideas for the next one. It’s amazing stuff,’” Feige recalled. “And I said, ‘I’m not good at that — giving advice and leaving. The only way I know how to help is if we just make the movie for you.’”
Pascal also talked on how she thinks the studios would be able to “top” Spider-Man: No Way Home, which included a slew of actors from Spider-past. Man’s
“Not every Spider-Man movie is going to be a multitude of characters,” Pascal said. “That approach was right for this one. You can’t think about topping yourself in terms of spectacle. Otherwise movies just get larger and larger for no reason, and it’s not a good result. But we do want to always try and top ourselves in terms of quality and emotion.
“Kevin and I never want to lose sight of one thing: Peter Parker. That he’s a normal kid. That he is orphaned over and over again. That he’s a teenager, so everything in his life is at a heightened pitch and everything matters more than anything. That he’s fueled by goodness and guilt. That he’s striving for a greater cause, and he’s vilified by the press.”
Spider-Man: No Way Home is now showing in theaters all around the world.