Disney-Sony Negotiations Over Contract May End Marvel Studios Spider-Man Involvement. Even with our spider-senses we didn’t feel this one coming. With news that Disney/Marvel and Sony had been planning on making 7 more Spider-Man led films after Spider-Man: Far From Home, it appears the studios can not agree on a contract regarding the division of finances made by the Spider-Man films.
According to a report by Deadline, negotiations turned sour after Disney proposed a 50/50 financial split of profits made from the shared Spider-Man led films between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios/Disney. Without proposing a counter offer, Sony reportedly rejected the proposal and wished to maintain their current contract. Sony seems to have faith in the franchise and is not willing to give up the profits so easily, despite Marvel Studios raging success leading the films to a wider audience and helping Sony to develop their top 2 most profitable films of all time for the studio. Spider-Man: Far From Home is currently Sony’s highest grossing film of all time.
Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige was not so forgiving of the gesture and has opted to separate from Sony rather than work out another deal if they are unwilling to budge in regards to how the money from the films is being handled.
So what could this mean for our favorite web slinger? It is being said that Tom Holland and Director Jon Watt are still secured for at least 2 more Spider-Man films by Sony. Producer Amy Pascal is also on hand to continue making films with Sony. Even if Spider-Man makes future appearances in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) the films would be untouched by Feige himself and could mean that Spider-Man could potentially be phased out of the MCU and replaced with other properties such as the recently acquired Fantastic Four, X-Men, or Deadpool from Fox Studios.
With so much outpouring of sadness and anger by fans online, it is unlikely the studios won’t be able to reach some sort of agreement, and the battle over money seems ridiculous on both sides for a character who has been heavily invested in both by the studios and the fans. Only time will tell if Sony and Marvel can play nice for the sake of their amazing stories or if they will truly part ways in the future.
No official statement has been released by Disney, Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, or Sony Pictures.
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