Since Spider-Man was included into the MCU, there has been a lot of chatter about what it looks like and how it works.  For now, we know that Sony is producing solo films and taking the box office receipts, but Marvel Studios is the creative force behind the films.  In return, Spidey can pop up in Avengers films.  The other major question has been the length of the deal.  Fans went delirious when Amy Pascal let slip that the deal only runs as far as the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming.   Since then it has become clear that both Pascal and Kevin Feige are open to continuing the plan, assuming all goes well.  (And based on the Rotten Tomatoes score, all is going very well.)  We now have some more confirmation of the overall plan from Feige and Pascal.  First let’s hear from Pascal.

What I think we should focus on is this Spider-Man who started in Civil War and then has this movie, and then will be in the Avengers movie. And we are starting now the next one which will start a few minutes after Avengers 4 wraps as a story.

And then the follow-up from Feige.

We are looking at a five-movie storyline — Civil War, Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, untitled Avengers, Homecoming 2 — or whatever we end up calling it — as an amazing five-story journey for Peter Parker.  In the way that the events of Civil War directly inform the opening of Homecoming and his state of mind as he goes back to high school, so too will the events of the next two Avengers movies as he continues with high school. This original 22-movie arc ends with the untitled Avengers in May of 2019 and then two months later it will be Peter and Spider-Man (on July 5, 2019) that usher us into the aftermath and how things proceed from there.

Three main things stick out from these comments.  The first, is that Pascal and Feige seem to finally agree about something.  Over the last two weeks these two have struggled to get on the same page with their public comments about Sony and Venom and the MCU.  It is refreshing that one could understandably mix up who said what on this issue, because they are using very similar language.  So while there may be a lot of confusion or wrangling or whatever over the Sony-verse stuff, this is a topic that they have more clarity on.

Second, Feige clearly has an obvious five film path set out for Peter Parker.  The contract does not appear to be a mistake or a conincidence.  Somehow Spider-Man plays a major role in the things that will transpire as the first 22-film epoch of the MCU wraps up.  Given how often Feige gushes about his love for Spider-Man, it makes sense that he will be a central figure moving on into the future of the MCU.  The interesting question here is what the overall plan past the Homecoming sequel is.  It would seem that Spider-Man kicking off Phase Four would mean that Feige plans on using him past that film.  Why give the Iron Man type role to a character who is leaving?  (Then again if Miles Morales is in the cards…)

Finally, we know Feige has made a lot of comments about what Phase Four will look like, or if there even will be a “Phase Four” in the traditional sense.  All the comments shape toward the universe being very different and the tone for that new era will be established in the Spider-Man sequel.  The idea that it will happen “minutes” after Avengers 4 suggests that the final events of that film will be a big bang, leaving fans wondering what’s next.  Might a universe reshaping Secret Wars type event be coming?

Regardless of what is in store, it is great to see that there is a planned future for the MCU beyond the films already announced.  Interest in what the next stage will look like is at a fever pitch at this point, with Marvel holding its cards close to the chest.  What do you think of these comments?  Are you ready for Homecoming this week?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Sources:  Fandom and Toronto Sun