Sony & Disney Fail To Reach Agreement To Keep Spider-Man In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
After the huge success of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, it was expected that Disney and Sony would continue their partnership, which means Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige had creative input into the movies.
But according to Deadline, neither Sony or Disney have been able to come to a deal to keep Marvel Studios involved with the Spider-Man movies, with Kevin Feige as a creative producer.
The two companies have been in talks for months, with Disney wanting to split the costs of creating the films 50/50, which was refused by Sony and they didn’t return with a counter offer.
With Spider-Man being Sony Pictures biggest franchise, they wanted to keep the current agreement, where Marvel receives in the range of 5% of first dollar gross. Which Disney refused.
Marvel Studios is set to have a huge task of integrating many of the former Fox characters such as Deadpool, Fantastic Four and X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so there is still plenty of movies and Disney+ shows for them to create. But losing Spider-Man again will be disappointing for both Marvel and the fans.
With Sony having major box office hits with Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, Venom and Spider-Man movies, eventually this all came down to money. Both companies want to keep as much of the profits as possible.
Disney still own the Spider-Man character, they just don’t have access to the film rights, unless Sony fail to keep making Spider-Man movies. Disney also have the merchandising rights to Spider-Man, plus they can do comic books, video games etc.
It’s worth noting that things could change between Sony and Marvel, especially now things are public. Many had suspected the deal would continue since Spider-Man: Far From Home just hit a billion dollars at the box office. There is still scheduled to be two more Spider-Man movies created with Tom Holland, but this might explain why no Spider-Man movies were announced during the San Diego Comic Con Marvel Studios panel.
This deal between the two companies is why Spider-Man movies won’t be available on Disney+ and also means things could become much more complicated for Marvel fans to track down their favorite shows and movies.
How do you feel about Disney and Sony no longer working together on Spider-Man?