Directors Anthony and Joe Russo are debuting their new film “Mosul” at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the brothers — whose other directing credits include “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame” — discussed their disappointment over the impasse between Marvel Studios and Sony that will prevent Spider-Man from making any future appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As they see it, Sony is making a “tragic mistake” by pulling Spider-Man (played by Tom Holland) out of the MCU.
According to the Russos, getting Marvel Comics’ most popular character into the studio’s movies in the first place was the result of fraught negotiations between Disney (which owns Marvel) and Sony, which owns the film rights to the character.
“It was so difficult to get him into ‘Civil War’,” Anthony Russo told the Toronto Sun of engineering Spidey’s first MCU appearance in “Captain America: Civil War” (which they also directed).
“It was an extremely long and hard process. But we were driven to help make it happen,” he continued. “But [Marvel Studios President] Kevin Feige pulled it off, somehow. Disney and all the good people at Sony found a way to make it work and it lasted a few films. We had a wonderful experience with that and I think audiences really appreciated that marriage. But we know how hard that marriage was to make in the first place, so the fact that the marriage fell apart isn’t really that surprising to me and Joe.”
Added Joe Russo: “It was a tenuous, fraught union throughout the whole process. But, I will say, stepping back and trying to be objective as possible, that I think it’s a tragic mistake on Sony’s part to think that they can replicate Kevin’s penchant for telling incredible stories and the amazing success he has had over the years. I think it’s a big mistake.”