MCU & Sony Desperate For Spider-Man 4 Success Amid Struggling Franchises
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MCU & Sony Desperate For Spider-Man 4 Success Amid Struggling Franchises

Explore How Spider-Man 4 Could Address The Challenges Faced By Both MCU And Sony, Reinvigorating Their Franchises While Capitalizing On The Success Of Spider-Man: No Way Home

By Amitabh Mukherji
March 17,2023

Both Sony and Disney are experiencing problems with their respective Marvel franchises. Announcing concrete details on Spider-Man 4 could be mutually beneficial for both studios. The web-slinger has become one of the MCU’s cornerstone characters since his MCU debut in 2016, and Spider-Man: No Way Home’s box office success highlights his importance to both entities.

Spider-Man: No Way Home’s Impact On The MCU

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Spider-Man: No Way Home has become a monster hit, grossing $1.9 billion and outperforming other MCU movies in the post-pandemic era. The film’s blend of nostalgia and adventure has made it one of the most warmly received Spider-Man and MCU movies, emphasizing the importance of Spider-Man 4 to both studios.

Marvel’s Struggles In Phase 4 & 5

Quantumania Official Trailer

Ant-Man and the wasp: Quantumania


The Marvel Cinematic Universe has experienced a noticeable decline in success in its Phase 4 and Phase 5 films. Criticisms include a lack of build-up similar to the Infinity Saga and mixed or negative reviews for individual movies, such as Eternals and Thor: Love and Thunder. Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania‘s lukewarm reception is another indicator of waning magic in the MCU.

Sony’s Spider-Verse Plans Facing Challenges

Kraven The Hunter's First Test Screening Gets Favorable Reviews

Kraven The Hunter’s First Test Screening Gets Favorable Reviews

Sony’s plans for their Spider-Man Universe have been clunky and incoherent. While the Tom Hardy-led Venom movies have been successful, Sony has not achieved the same level of success or excitement with Morbius or their other planned movies, such as Kraven the Hunter, El Muerto, and Madam Web.

The Mutual Benefits Of Spider-Man 4 For Sony & Marvel

MCU Spider-Man 4 Officially In The Works, Sony Boss Confirmed

MCU Spider-Man 4 Officially In The Works, Sony Boss Confirmed

Spider-Man: No Way Home’s ending leaves Peter Parker’s story open for further exploration, providing both narrative and commercial reasons for Spider-Man 4 to be a priority for Sony and Marvel. Marvel could capitalize on the MCU’s biggest post-Endgame movie and reinvigorate Phase 5 with concrete details on the release date and story points for Spider-Man 4.

For Sony, clear details on Spider-Man 4 would provide them with more time to organize their plans, including possible future projects with Maguire and Garfield’s Spider-Men and potential crossovers with Holland’s Spider-Man. The upcoming Spider-Man 4 could be the silver bullet both studios need to address their issues and capitalize on the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man’s success.

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