Reasons Why Spider-Man Leaving The MCU Is a Good Thing
Even though discussions between Sony and Marvel have broken down, there's an upside to Tom Holland's Spider-Man leaving the MCU.
While fans are upset that the latest iteration of Spider-Man is being withdrawn from the MCU, it isn't necessarily a bad thing.
The reason Tom Holland's character being written out is good is that he's no longer in line to become the next Iron Man.
Spider-Man: Far From Home led fans to believe that Happy Hogan was grooming Peter Parker to follow in Tony Stark's footsteps, but that's not the case after all. It's also worth mentioning that fans haven't been too keen on Holland stepping into RDJ's boots as Iron Man, so this decision was probably for the better.
More importantly, a hero worthy of the mantle can now step up in Tony Stark's stead. There are plenty of characters who come to mind, but our vote is for James Rhodes. He's been glanced over long enough in the MCU when he could be utilized so much better. Having him take over as Iron Man would accomplish that and then some.
For anyone questioning the idea, there's a precedent for Rhodes taking on the Iron Man title. He did so in the comics, most notably during the West Coast Avengers run. In that run, Rhodes, a.k.a. Iron Man 2.0, founded the team and stayed on until Tony Stark returned to his heroic duties.
Taking into account the comic precedents, it seems like Rhodes is ideal for the role. We pointed out how Rhodey has been underutilized in the MCU already, and it's the perfect time to make him an All-Star in the rankings.
Having James Rhodes become Iron Man also presents the MCU's writers with unique opportunities on how to keep Tony Stark's legacy alive afterward. Rhodes is good for the moment, but Morgan Stark should pick up the mantle within the next few years. Harley Keener could also potentially step up for the part.
With all these different characters in the position to keep Tony's legacy alive, there could be an Iron Legion assembled in the near future. And, of course, there's also the possibility of Tony Stark being resurrected for a limited event. The question is: Who will become the next Iron Man?
Keep in mind that a new Iron Man isn't the only reason fans should be excited.
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Additionally, Holland's departure from the MCU could be good for the Spider-Verse assembling in Sony's corner. The web-slinger has been kept isolated in the MCU since his rebirth, but now that he's no longer a part of the universe, it's safe to assume he'll join his comrades in Sony's corner of the world.
What we're most intrigued by is the possibility of Spider-Man appearing in the Venom sequel alongside Hardy and Harrelson. Tom Holland's Spider-Man would complete the trifecta, establishing the core characters of the Spider-Verse in the process. It's also ideally what fans were expecting when Venom (2018) was released.
The good news is that Sony backing out of their deal with Marvel can make this scenario happen. The question is: Will there be enough time to write Spider-Man into the Venom 2 script?
Seeing as how Venom 2 is currently in production, it might be a major hindrance to Sony Pictures for them to write Spider-Man into the main plot. Then again, the character could just as easily be set up for a minor role in the film's final act.
There is, however, another possible setup for Spider-Man in Sony's universe. What might work is to have Holland appear in Morbius or another standalone in development. Morbius seems like the ideal place to introduce Spider-Man since that's the next film slated to be released, and they're both integral to each other's origins in the comics, so it makes sense for them to appear alongside one another.
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Venom 2's release date is TBA. Black Widow premieres on May 1, 2020. Eternals premieres on November 6, 2020. Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings premieres on February 12, 2021.