MARVEL fans all over the world rejoiced when MARVEL and Sony Pictures managed to secure a partnership that allowed Spider-Man to finally enter the MCU in Captain America: Civil War before continuing into his own film ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ with Tom Holland in the role of Peter Parker and our friendly neighbourhood Wall Crawler.
Now Deadline has reported that this partnership deal may well and truly be over in a dispute over money following the huge success of Spider-Man: Far From Home which has surpassed James Bond’s Skyfall as Sony Pictures most lucrative film. This dispute means that Kevin Feige, the man overseeing the entire MCU and creative director for the two Tom Holland Spider-Man films will no longer play a part in any future films.
In basic financial terms, according to the Deadline article, Disney wanted all future “Spider-Man” films be a 50/50 co-financing arrangement between them and Sony Pictures with discussions that this might extend to other films in the “Spider-Man” universe. But it seems that Sony turned that offer down as their own team led by Tom Rothman and Tony Vinciquerra, refused to give away half their biggest franchise. Sony instead proposing that they keep the arrangement going under its current terms where Marvel receives in the range of 5% of first dollar gross which considering the success of Spider-Man in the MCU, Disney Refused.
This really is a crushing blow and to me as a MARVEL MCU fan is just staggering in what it could mean going forward. I would argue the current success of Spider-Man for Sony Pictures is absolutely as a result of his inclusion in the MCU, not to mention having Kevin Feige overseeing both smash hit films. Considering how Sony Pictures on recent efforts with a Spider-Man film series with Andrew Garfield’s Amazing Spider-Man crashing and burning hard with critics and fans that even lead into this studio partnership in the first place, the perhaps over arrogance that they can continue this success without Feige or MARVEL’s direct involvement.
Reportedly there are two more films planned with Tom Holland in the role, but what this means for the Webhead and the next phase of the MCU is now very much up in the air. Sony Pictures might be thinking they can create a full Spider-Verse with Vendom sequel and the expansion of the animated Into the Spider-Verse franchise and possible TV adaptations as well but Spider-Man largely known from the MCU could perhaps struggle if this breakdown means Disney no longer make plans to include him going forward.
Time will only tell at this point what this could mean for Spider-Man and the MCU as currently no comment has been made from Disney, MARVEL or Sony Pictures on this.
* Update: Sony Pictures makes official statement: *
Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film.
We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him – including all their newly added Marvel properties – do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own.
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.
We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him – including all their newly added Marvel properties – do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own. (2/3)
— Sony Pictures (@SonyPictures) August 21, 2019