Spider-Man’s appearances in the MCU have been a major boon for the franchise, though his future after Spider-Man: No Way Home is rather uncertain. While Sony producer Amy Pascal is quite happy to keep putting out films based on the fan-favorite webslinger, leading actor Tom Holland is a bit more hesitant on his Spider-Man future.
With an Avengers: Endgame-level Spider-Man film just around the corner, Marvel Studios and Sony will have a tough time topping what is set to be the biggest Spidey film yet.
In spite of that, the excitement going into Spider-Man: No Way Home has not slowed down, with ticket pre-sales for the threequel crashing websites and leading to scalpers reselling seats for thousands of dollars. With a whole host of sinister villains returning for the Multiversal madness and the yet-to-be-confirmed appearances of Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire potentially on the cards, the hype is at an all-time high for No Way Home and beyond.
Now, fans have some insight as to how Spider-Man will continue in the MCU.
3 More MCU Spider-Man Movies Announced
In an interview with Fandango, Sony producer Amy Pascal discussed the future of the Spider-Man franchise after the release of Tom Holland's Spider-Man: No Way Home.
On the topic of No Way Home potentially wrapping up the MCU Spider-Man trilogy, Pascal stated that the threequel will not be "the last Spider-Man movie."
Pascal also revealed that Marvel Studios and Sony are treating Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Spider-Man: No Way Home as a contained trilogy and that "now we're going to go onto the next three," confirming another three MCU Spider-Man films to come:
"This is not the last movie that we are going to make with Marvel – [this is not] the last Spider-Man movie. We are getting ready to make the next Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland and Marvel, it just isn't part of…we're thinking of this as three films, and now we're going to go onto the next three. This is not the last of our MCU movies."
Those that were worried about Marvel and Sony's relationship falling apart as it almost did previously should fear not, as Pascal assured that the studios would continue working together:
"Marvel and Sony are going to keep going together as partners."
Spider-Man Beyond No Way Home
So many long-awaited elements finally coalescing for Spider-Man: No Way Home makes the threequel a near-impossible feat for any future Spider-Man film to reach, similar to the task the next Avengers film has as well.
Despite that, the prospect of three more Tom Holland-starring Spider-Man films set in the MCU is incredibly exciting, allowing for more opportunities for Peter Parker to interact with the rest of the universe as it continues to evolve.
So where does Spider-Man go from here? Realistically, the only way for the wallcrawler to progress is to go smaller. The 'Homecoming' trilogy has been a crescendo building with every installment, but having the start of a new trilogy build on top of that would only lead to its subsequent entries faltering.
Perhaps this means Spidey's next MCU adventure will be more personal, potentially adapting a story like Kraven's Last Hunt or creating a feature-length team-up with Daredevil. This could even work in Sony's favor, allowing them to fold in more of its SSU characters like Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Kraven into the MCU proper.
Sony could instead choose to dedicate an entire MCU installment to the much-requested Spider-Man and Venom crossover, which would raise the stakes of a fourth entry and help to do away with any No Way Home comparisons.
Fans should hopefully get a glimpse at how Peter Parker's MCU progresses when Spider-Man: No Way Home swings into theaters on December 17, 2021.