Spider-Man has had a moving journey within the MCU. From Peter Parker learning what it means to be a superhero, getting a mentor in Tony Stark, going to space, becoming an Avengers, losing a mentor and being exposed all over the world, Spider-Man: No Way Home has its work cut out. And Zendaya thinks this could be the last time the Spidey crew are back together in a MCU movie.
Sony owns the Spider-Man character and other thousand character associated with Marvel’s most recognizable superhero. After their own two franchises featuring the web-crawler, Sony handed the reigns to MCU and Kevin Feige in a mutually beneficial deal. Spidey came to the MCU in Captain America: Civil War and he has not left the interconnected world since.
But things may be changing soon for the character and deal between Sony and MCU. They already renegotiated to have Peter Parker back for one more solo movie, but with Sony launching its own Spiderverse franchise, a day may come when Tom Holland and gang are no longer together on screen for the MCU. Well, that is what Zendaya thinks at least.
Zendaya Speculates: It May be 3 and Done for Spider-Man in the MCU
The way the MCU was started was solo movies for almost all characters, some similar storylines and themes, and then coming together in a big Avengers movie about every 3 to 4 years. That model worked for the first and almost second phase of the MCU. But by the third phase, characters were jumping in each other’s stories and almost every film felt like a smaller Avenger movie.
While it may all have started out with the idea of solo movies, the MCU has evolved from that earlier premise and the reception is evidence, it works. With so many methods to share stories, namely the Disney Plus streaming platforms, you can never be certain when one story might end. But there can be a fatigue seeing one character have multiple sequels in the universe.
That is where Zendaya’s thinking of 3 and done is coming from. Spider-Man: No Way Home is the third movie in the MCU Spidey franchise and the MJ actress things this will be it for herself in the Marvel universe. She explained to EW how it was a bitter sweet moment to be back on set and wrap up filming as there was a sense of finality for her.
The Dune actress explained, “We don't know if we are going to do another one, like is it just going to be three and done? Like kind of normally you do three movies and that is pretty much it. So, I think we just were all absorbing and taking the time to just enjoy the moment being with each other and being so grateful for that experience because we have been doing it for since I was like – I did the first movie [when] I was like 19. It's pretty special to have grown up all together and be a part of another legacy.
Zendaya is conveying a sense of finality about her time as MJ in the Spider-Man franchise. There is some truth to the idea of three and done. The first Spidey franchise had three movies, even though a fourth one was in development and never came to fruition. MCU also has had franchises that have last three movies, Captain America and Iron Man comes to mind (though there are talks of expanding further).
Thor was also supposed to be a three and done solo movie franchise within the MCU formula, but filming just wrapped on a fourth movie in the saga. As long as audiences respond to a property Marvel is willing to produce more of it, as they have shown in the past. Tom Holland and Zendaya are beloved as Peter and MJ in the MCU, so Spider-Man: No Way Home may not be the end for the franchise.
It also depends on how well Sony and Marvel play with one another in the coming years. Venom and other villain movies in Sony is a cause of concern for Spidey’s longer stay within the MCU but if Spider-Man is essential to Marvel’s move towards Phase 4 and 5, then Kevin Feige will find a way to keep the property under the Disney umbrella.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is coming to the theatres on 17 December 2021.
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