Spider-Man: Far From Home was a huge summer hit—it raked in more than a billion at the box office, was warmly received by critics, and ended with a cliffhanger that perfectly laid the groundwork for a sequel. And then negotiations to keep the Sony-owned character in Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe crumbled, and suddenly it looked like Tom Holland’s Peter Parker would be leaving Happy Hogan behind in favor of popping up in Sony projects. But now, it seems all that’s changed, as the two companies have struck a deal to extend their partnership.
“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Feige is slated to produce the upcoming Spider-Man sequel.
“Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe,” he continued. “He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”
And, as if to prove that it’s all for real this time, a release date of July 16th, 2021 was announced for the upcoming film.
It’s great that we’ll get to see more of J.K. Simmons Alex Jones-inspired take on J. Jonah Jameson, and that Holland’s boundlessly charming Spidey won’t be banished to the punishing task of breathing life into Venom 2. Most importantly of all, the burgeoning bond between Happy and Spidey will live on for at least one more movie. After Uncle Ben and Tony Stark, watching Peter Parker lose another father figure would be way too much to take.