In sad news for Marvel fans everywhere, it appears that one of the franchise's most recognizable characters – Spider-Man – may no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Understandably, people are pretty upset at the news. Spider-Man has always been popular and we have become accustomed to seeing him alongside other Marvel legends like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, and Scarlet Witch.

However, Spider-Man will now go solo again as he bids farewell to his fellow Avengers. To cope with the loss and express their disappointment, people are turning to memes, and they are as emotional as you might expect. We here at Bored Panda have collected a few of the funniest and most tragic examples which you can check out below, as well as some background to the story. Scroll down to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Chris Kourou
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1 year ago

Just dont start petitions over that :/

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The reasons why this happened are rooted in an extraordinarily complicated story over the rights to the web-slinging hero, with Sony eventually stepping in to 'buy' Spider-Man for a paltry $7 million from Marvel in 1999. Quite the bargain in hindsight, wasn't it?

It could've been even better, with cash-strapped Marvel offering the rights to nearly all their characters for $25 million. However, as told to the Wall Street Journal, the execs at Sony dismissed the deal by saying: “Nobody gives a shit about any of the other Marvel characters. Go back and do a deal for only Spider-Man.”

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Demi Zwaan
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1 year ago

Another good comment.

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Vic
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1 year ago

This one is cute..

So Sony took only Spider-Man, and went on to make a pretty successful trilogy between 2002-2007. Thereafter things started to get a bit stale however, as subsequent attempts to reboot the franchise (The Amazing Spider-Man) were seen as relative flops.

This is where a partnership with a now resurgent, Disney-owned Marvel was discussed, with the two studios eventually reaching an agreement in 2015 to share the character.  

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Max L.
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1 year ago

Hey, somebody must have a tea with aunt May

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me
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1 year ago

RIP Stan Lee

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The decision was a hit with both critics and fans, a clever piece of business that benefited all parties and got people loving Spider-Man again.

Spider-Man has become a staple and popular member of the MCU, appearing in Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home.

However, the sharing agreement has now broken down, with Disney wanting to change the terms to reflect the massive popularity that Spider-Man has regained as part of their MCU.

Sony won't budge from the original deal however, which has outraged fans - some have been using the hashtag #BoycottSony, saying they won't watch future films by the studio because of the Spider-Man announcement.

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athornedrose
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1 year ago

spider man 3: home alone. we can't get any other characters in, so it's just peter setting up booby traps while aunt may's out of town.

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Kay Cee
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1 year ago

Haaaaa. Right

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So what next for Spider-Man? Well, Tom Holland is still contracted to Sony for at least one more film so there is definitely more to come.

They will go back to the Spider-Man only format we saw previously because Sony will be forbidden to reference any MCU characters they don't hold the rights to. Will the Sony-only films be as good as the recent hits we have become accustomed to? Only time will tell. 

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JillVille
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1 year ago

Tody! I always thought he was so cute,.

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Zenozenobee
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1 year ago

Good enough for me

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CookieNeerrrrd
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1 year ago

So true... ._.

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Vanessa
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1 year ago

aww this is so sweet! <3

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Wyndmere
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1 year ago

Is he - crying? *snif*

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Miss Cris
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1 year ago

What is that sort of stick? Is it a sweet for spiders? It looks like a churro to me but I'm sure it isn't.

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Chris Kourou
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1 year ago

Well, he was for a short time

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Jaz Jensen
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1 year ago

Don't do it !

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Natasha Kruger
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1 year ago

:(

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Neon Petra
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1 year ago

*uses infinity gauntlet to thanos snap anyone who thought of ending the deal*

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CookieNeerrrrd
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1 year ago

Poor spidey. Its not even his fault. ; n ;

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LanteiaTG
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1 year ago

Both ready to tear Tom Holland to pieces. I beat he is legit tearing up about this situation though. I know I am. :(

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wandile dludlu
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1 year ago

Why are people hating on sony? Disney is the one that is getting greedy for something they don't have rights to.

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CookieNeerrrrd
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1 year ago

No fair. ;c

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Max L.
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1 year ago

source code ?

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Radek Suski
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1 year ago

wrong meme though

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CookieNeerrrrd
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1 year ago

What the f**k

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Wyndmere
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1 year ago (edited)

Yikes! Watch out Spidey! Don't open that door!!!

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Max L.
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1 year ago

looks so done with their bits

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CookieNeerrrrd
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1 year ago (edited)

Aww man Disney plez stop we likey spidey

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Neon Petra
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1 year ago

This one is so sad!

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Elisaurous uwu
Community Member
1 year ago

o dang.

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