Russos Say Sony Is Making A “Tragic” Mistake Trying To Replicate The MCU With The Spider-Verse

The Playlist | 9/15/2019 | Rodrigo Perez
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With the writing looking like it’s on the wall—the divorce about as final as it can be at this point—people are still mourning the split between Sony’s “Spider-Man” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. By the sound of all the various reports over the last few weeks, Sony, and even Tom Holland still believe they can make a robust Spider-verse on their own and Marvel is terribly occupied given that they have a whole slate of Disney+ Marvel limited series to add to their workload. It might break the heart of fans, but it’s almost the perfect time to split: Tony Stark is no longer part of the MCU and thus Peter Parker—for all that he’s indebted physically or otherwise to his mentor—has no real connections left to the MCU. With Tony gone, Sony can quickly phase out Happy Hogan, and that’s really the last Marvel vestige aside from the legacy of the suit (and who knows how they handle that).

But people are still discussing and pouring over it. The “Avengers: Endgame” directors Joe and Anthony Russo—the filmmakers who are principally responsible for bringing Spider-Man into the MCU during “Captain America: Civil War,” were recently in up north at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting “Mosul,” the latest film from their production company/mini-studio AGBO, along with Marvel screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus.

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The duo reiterated recent comments given to the press: given how hard it was to get Spidey into the MCU in the first place, they’re not at all surprised, it’s all fallen apart.

“It was so difficult to get him into ‘Civil War.’ It was an extremely long and hard process,” Anthony Russo told the Toronto Sun recently. “But we were driven to help make it happen. But...
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