Avengers: Endgame director Joe Russo says removing Spider-Man from Marvel Cinematic Universe is a ‘tragic mistake’

Filmmaker criticises Sony after studio failed to make deal with Disney

Ellie Harrison
Saturday 14 September 2019 13:31
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Avengers: Endgame director Joe Russo has said removing Spider-Man from the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a “tragic mistake”.

Russo’s comments follow Disney and Sony’s failure to come to an agreement on financing for the franchise, leading to Tom Holland’s superhero being cut from the MCU.

“It was a tenuous, fraught union throughout the whole process,” he told the Toronto Sun, describing the deal between Disney and Sony.

“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 [Marvel Studios boss] Kevin [Feige]’s penchant for telling incredible stories and the amazing success he has had over the years.

"I think it’s a big mistake.”

The Russo brothers introduced the latest version of Spider-Man in their 2016 film Captain America: Civil War.

“We had a wonderful experience with that and I think audiences really appreciated that marriage,” said Anthony Russo.

“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.”

Disney and Sony were unable to reach a financial agreement in August after Disney asked that any future films featuring Spider-Man be a “50/50 co-financing arrangement” and Sony refused.

Earlier this month, Sony boss Toy Vinciquerra said the “door is closed” on Spider-Man returning to the MCU.

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