Just about a month after Marvel unveiled its plans for the Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at San Diego Comic-Con, a major shakeup is being reported that might result in a very different situation than what the studio had in mind. Most notably, the Spider-Man film series that Marvel is co-producing with Sony will be heavily affected.

According to a recent report from Deadline, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will no longer participate in the production of Sony's Spider-Man movies after the two companies reportedly failed to reach an agreement. Deadline also claims that they have been at odds with one another for months.

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Kevin Feige will no longer participate in the production of Sony's Spider-Man movies

It is unclear what effect this will have on the future of Spidey and of the MCU as a whole. Spider-Man: Far From Home marked the official conclusion of the MCU's third phase, paving the way for a new one to come. With Feige not being involved any longer, there’s a possibility that Spider-Man will now exit the MCU again. Sony has already been establishing its own movie universe with 2018’s Venom as well as another upcoming movie starring Jared Leto as Morbius the living vampire. Meanwhile, other sources tell Deadline that there were already plans for 2 more Spider-Man movies starring Tom Holland, with Far From Home’s director Jon Watts expected to make a return.

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Sony has already been establishing its own movie universe with 2018’s Venom

The events of Avengers: Endgame already saw the departure of several major characters such as Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Chris Evans’s Captain America. However, Marvel has a slate of movies that will introduce plenty of new characters including Shang-Chi, the Eternals, and Blade. Moreover, existing characters such as Thor and Doctor Strange will also be seeing new chapters to their respective stories.

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Marvel wants to introduce several new characters to its cinematic universe. Existing ones will also have new chapters added to their stories

A representative from Sony did clarify things a bit in a conversation with io9, saying that they believed the situation was about Feige getting a producer credit on the movies – since he had been contributing to other Spider-Man movies without one. According to this individual, negotiations are still in progress.

Of course, nothing is set in stone at the moment, and Marvel and Sony could still reach an agreement eventually. Still, Deadline believes that something "dramatic" will have to happen for that to be the case.