SONY 'Disappointed' in DISNEY's SPIDER-MAN Decision, But Hopeful to Re-Negotiate

Carla Harmon
August 21, 2019

Spider-Man came into the Marvel Cinematic Universe after a deal was struck between Sony and Disney that Disney would be in charge of the toy and merchandising profits while Sony would be in charge of distribution.

"Much of today's news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige's involvement in the franchise", Sony said in a statement (via Variety).

The dispute stems from Disney's demand that future "Spider-Man" films would be financed on a 50/50 basis with Feige remaining in a consulting producer capacity.

Sony finished by adding: "Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue". However, while this should be a time for celebration, fans are anxious that an ongoing dispute between Sony Pictures and Disney could lead to complications for the video game franchise moving forwards.

The last two films Feige produced with Spider-Man, Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home, both broke records.

Anyway! Whatever. On the one hand, we should be thankful that Disney doesn't own literally everything in the entire world, and we could nearly treat Sony as a scrappy indie upstart.

Sony cast the decision as a matter of Feige being busy with Disney's now-enlarged Marvel empire.

Now, the future of the next Spider-Man movie is seemingly up in the air, and fans haven't been taking the news well.

Directed by Jon Watts from a script written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, Spider-Man: Far From Home stars Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Martin Starr, Numan Acar, J.B. Smoove, Oli Hill, Remy Hii, Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Cobie Smulders, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

Are you holding out hope that Sony and Disney can return to the negotiating table? The first feature in their collaboration, 2017's "Spider-Man: Homecoming", captured US$880 million in ticket sales worldwide, the best performance of the franchise up until then.

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.

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