Marvel Studios has confirmed Tom Holland's Spider-Man will remain in the MCU, and that a third movie will be released as a part of its fourth phase.
Marvel has spent the last decade building to what has become one of the most significant points in cinematic history. More than 20 movies, all interconnected, the last of which has become the highest-grossing film of all time at the box office. It's not over yet, though, not by a long shot.
Shortly after Avengers: Endgame, Marvel brought the curtain down on Phase 3 with its second Spider-Man movie, Far From Home. That movie effectively established Peter Parker as the man who would take the reigns from Tony Stark. The new face of the MCU. It even ended on an incredibly frustrating cliffhanger. Then disaster struck. Sony, who owns the movie rights to Spidey, could not reach an agreement in which Spider-Man could remain in Disney's MCU.
That has led to Spider-Man being completely absent from all of Dinsey/Marvel's blockbuster Phase 4 announcements. There has also been a lot of finger-pointing from fans, both at Disney and Sony. It has effectively been like parents going through a messy divorce, and poor Tom Holland is the kid caught in the middle.
Thankfully, that has now all come to an end. Somewhere along the line, there has been a u-turn, because Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige revealed to Variety that Spider-Man will be returning to the MCU. Not only that, but the release date for a third MCU Spidey movie has been announced: July 2021. Right where we wanted it to be, nestled comfortably among a bunch of other installments featuring heroes old and new.
But wait, there's more! As if getting Spider-Man back wasn't enough, Feige went on to tease that Spider-Man's future could be filled with an unexpected crossover or two. Feige described Spidey as "the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes." That could mean we see Holland's take on the web-slinger show up in any iteration of Marvel. Add Disney's acquisition of FOX (so X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four) into the mix, it seems as if Spider-Man will be making a lot of new friends during Phase 4, as well as a bunch of new enemies.