The decision of Sony to pull Spider-Man out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was one fraught with controversy. There was a lot of finger-pointing and arguments over whether it was Sony or Disney truly at fault. Regardless of the answer, Avengers directors Joe and Anthony Russo consider it a bad move.
According to Joe, “it was a tenuous, fraught union throughout the whole process. But, I will say, stepping back and trying to be objective as possible, that I think it’s a tragic mistake on Sony’s part to think that they can replicate Kevin’s penchant for telling incredible stories and the amazing success he has had over the years. I think it’s a big mistake.”
Anthony shared his perspective on the deal falling through, saying “it was so difficult to get him into Civil War. It was an extremely long and hard process. But we were driven to help make it happen. But Kevin Feige pulled it off, somehow. Disney and all the good people at Sony found a way to make it work and it lasted a few films.”
“We had a wonderful experience with that and I think audiences really appreciated that marriage. But we know how hard that marriage was to make in the first place, so the fact that the marriage fell apart isn’t really that surprising to me and Joe,” he finished.
Of course, as the first directors to bring our favorite friendly neighborhood Spider-Man to the MCU they are bound to have strong feelings on it. Joe and Anthony both helmed Captain America: Civil War, which served as Peter Parker’s introduction to the MCU.
How do you feel about Sony’s decision?