‘Spider-Man’ May Leave Marvel Universe Due To Disney-Sony Standoff
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Disney and Sony have been unable to agree to a deal would grant the former studio — which bought Marvel Entertainment in 2009 for $4 billion — a co-financing stake in subsequent movies. Disney had reportedly been asking for a 50/50 stake.
While Disney owns the rights to the character of Spider-Man, Sony retains film rights because of negotiations established before the House of Mouse acquired Marvel. Under the most recent deal, Marvel earned 5% of Sony’s gross box office revenue, although Disney refused to continue that pact.
This all comes amid rumors that producer and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige may no longer be involved in Spider-Man films.
What does this mean for movies about the web-slinging superhero? Spider-Man — who is played by Tom Holland — may no longer appear in future Marvel movies, not even in cameos, or continue being a member of the Avengers.
Holland has portrayed the character in five films: Captain America: Civil War (2016), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and this year’s Spider-Man: Far From Home and Avengers: Endgame, the latter of which shattered box office records and beat Avatar to become the highest-grossing film in history.
Variety recently reported that Far From Home, which was released last month, is Sony’s highest grossing film ever after boasting $1.109 billion at the global box office. The studio’s previous holder of that title was the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall, which raked in $1.108 in worldwide ticket sales.
Holland and Far From Home director Jon Watts have reportedly been tapped to do two more Spider-Man films, although Feige will no longer be attached to those projects as the lead creative producer.
Another recent Spider-Man universe film that was produced by Marvel but distributed by Sony was last year’s Venom, which starred Tom Hardy in the title role. The film, which garnered poor reviews despite its strong box office record, is expected to have a sequel.
Spider-Man and Marvel fans on Twitter had much to say about the news regarding the latest development surrounding the character and the Disney-Sony standoff:
— Jesse (@amoisturefarmer) August 20, 2019
— MoreoM (@MorganMaggs) August 20, 2019
Sony has ruined THREE Spider-Man franchises.
They took control away from Raimi
They forced their universe down Webb’s throat
They pulled Spider-Man from the MCU
— Mickey (@Mickeysei34) August 20, 2019
It feels a little like Disney is hoping fan outrage will put enough pressure on Sony to cave to that 50/50 deal… pic.twitter.com/YdmGVm5rak
— ✨ ashley ✨ (@AshleyEsqueda) August 20, 2019
— Jeremy Conrad (@ManaByte) August 21, 2019
*Update, per @DEADLINE: Jon Watts is NOT signed on for a third #SpiderMan movie, so his involvement moving forward is unclear. As for Tom Holland, the actor confirmed in 2016 that he is signed for 3 solo movies, but reports indicate Sony plans 2 more films w/ him, which makes 4 pic.twitter.com/7oGuwPNEXx
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) August 21, 2019
— jahk (@Kasandrex) August 21, 2019