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!
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.”
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.
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.
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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