Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra tells Variety that "for the moment the door is closed" for Spider-Man to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe following the breakdown of negotiations between Sony and Marvel Studios' parent company Disney - but also confirms that Peter Parker will join the universe of movies Sony kicked off with 2018's Venom - a cinematic universe they've dubbed Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters.
“Spider-Man was fine before the event movies, did better with the event movies, and now that we have our own universe, he will play off the other characters as well,” Vinciquerra told the Hollywood trade. “I think we’re pretty capable of doing what we have to do here.”
According to Vinciquerra, that slate includes the upcoming Venom sequel, the in-production Morbius, and "five or six" TV shows featuring Spider-Man related characters - though the executive didn't elaborate what those shows may be.
“We had a great run with (Feige) on Spider-Man movies. We tried to see if there’s a way to work it out," Vinciquerra said. "The Marvel people are terrific people, we have great respect for them, but on the other hand we have some pretty terrific people of our own. Kevin didn’t do all the work.”
As for whether Spider-Man could ever return to the MCU, Vinciquerra won't rule it out.
"It's a long life."