The Spider-Man universe under Sony’s banner is very messy right now. There are a bunch of awesome villains around, like Venom and Morbius, but no web-slinger to fight them. While some folks enjoyed seeing these baddies on their own, the giant Spidey-sized hole is very noticeable. Now it seems like the studio is trying to fill the gap by bringing back Andrew Garfield for The Amazing Spider-Man 3.
The Amazing Spider-Man series of films were supposed to spawn several spinoffs, allowing Sony to create their own cinematic universe. But things fell apart when, in 2015, Andrew Garfield was dismissed from the franchise after he failed to appear at an event where the third movie was to be announced. At the time, Sony Pictures president Amy Pascal had also been in touch with Kevin Feige about having Marvel assist with another reboot of the Spider-Man franchise.
Once that deal was signed, Andrew Garfield’s tenure as the wall-crawler was officially over. Fast forward to the big Spider-Man team-up of 2021, and any hard feelings that remained after the actor was axed have disappeared. According to Geekosity, Sony is even hoping that Marvel Studios will assist with The Amazing Spider-Man 3. But this won’t impact any of the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. As seen in Spider-Man: No Way Home, the Tick Tick Boom! star’s Spidey exists in a different multiverse.
Sony may also have a plot ready for the Andrew Garfield starrer. Rumors suggest that a line in the Tom Holland movie may have been an Easter Egg for The Amazing Spider-Man 3. In one of the film’s lighter moments, Andrew Garfield told his heroic counterparts that he’s never fought an alien. This could be the lead-in writers need to bring Tom Hardy’s Venom into the fold.
When it comes to the legal stuff, Sony is open to a deal similar to the one they have over Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. In that agreement, Marvel and Disney get five percent of gross box-office takings, as well as all merchandising revenue. The home of Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man pockets the rest. Sony scooped up the movie rights to Spider-Man in 1999 when Marvel was recovering from bankruptcy and had licensed out several characters to film studios to help with the financial strain.
Since then, Marvel managed to regain the rights for most of its characters – except for Spider-Man who is still the most popular character not owned by Marvel Studios. These days, movies bosses across both studios are getting along famously. And, spurred on by how well audiences received all the Spider-Men in No Way Home – Andrew Garfield could finally settle some unfinished business with his rogues’ gallery.
So far the list of supervillains for Andrew Garfield’s Amazing Spider-Man to fight includes Vemon and Morbius, who exist in the same universe with no real links to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And Vulture, who was transported to Sony’s universe through a purple rift during the first end credits scene in Morbius. In the second scene, Vulture approaches Morbius to form a team, hinting at a future Sinister Six movie.