It appears that Disney’s relationship with Sony runs deeper than Spider-Man. Walt Disney Studios has removed a film slated to be released on October 8, 2021, because it would be in direct competition of one of Sony Pictures’ Marvel films. While we know almost nothing about either film at this time, Disney appears to have called that release date first and is stepping aside to let Sony have it for the sake of Marvel.
Let’s break down what we know and then do a little speculating:
What we know
Sony Pictures announced in the first half of February that a new Marvel film–currently untitled–will be released on October 8, 2021. Walt Disney Studios already had an untitled movie slated to be released on that day, released under the main Disney banner. But it appears that date has been removed from the schedule.
Nothing else is known about either film.
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Disney has another film still scheduled for release on October 13, 2021, under the now-20th Century Studios banner.
The sequel to Spider-Man: Far From Home is still scheduled to be released on July 16, 2021.
Speculation Time: Playing Nice for Marvel?
This move by Disney appears to be very politically motivated. The only reason why Disney would kowtow to another studio is to strengthen a relationship. More and more evidence is coming out to support the theories that Disney and Sony are looking to intertwine their Spider-Man stories and comic book universes. From Sony previously requesting Venom be incorporated into the MCU to several MCU Spider-Man references caught in the trailers for Morbius, the future is bright to being the growing Spiderverse into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But that would mean that Disney would have to keep Sony happy in the relationship, and that means stepping aside to let Sony build the Spiderverse. It’s a relatively risky move considering there is still no confirmation Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will still be in the MCU beyond the upcoming third film in the Homecoming Series.
Sony’s next Marvel movie, Morbius, opens in theaters on July 31, 2020.