If rumours are to be believed, Spider-Man is really moving far from home. The developing news has taken the superhero world by storm, with strong rumours indicating that the much loved version of Spidey played by Tom Holland will no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If that turns out to be true, Spiderman’s temporary death in Infinity War may actually turn out to be true.
Earlier this week, reports surfaced that due to a financial standoff between executives, Disney and Sony are no longer sharing custody of Spider-Man. Not only this, it was rumoured that Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige would be exiting the producer-role on all Spider-Man films, further leaving the future of the red suited superhero hanging.
About The Dispute
According to Deadline, which first broke the news, the disagreement arose during the discussions that were supposed to renew the deal that enabled Spider Man’s appearance in the money-minting MCU.
While according to the terms of the previous deal, Disney owns the rights to the character, the film rights are in the hands of Sony. The current deal between the two studious powers Marvel with creative liberty to use the character in its universe, while also entitling the studio to 5% of gross box office revenue. The deal, which started with 2016's Captain America: Civil War empowered Sony with the film rights to the character while providing Marvel with the right to use the character in the MCU.
However, the current impasse in negotiations arose when Disney demanded a 50/50 stake in the character. This did not go down well with Sony, who wanted to continue the previous agreement of giving up about 5 percent of the first-dollar gross from the Marvel movies that feature Spidey.
Due to the deadlock in negotiations, it is rumoured that Slinger played by Tom Holland may end up exiting the MCU. The timing of the exit is not ideal for Sony, as it has certainly profited from the collaboration. Spiderman’s entry foray into the world of Marvel has made him even more popular with superhero fanatics, and that has resulted in some great business for Sony. This summer’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” just became Sony’s most successful film ever.
Sony has quietly gone about building a pretty impressive Spiderman universe of its own. Venom turned out to be among the most profitable films of 2018, and their recent Into the Spider-Verse won the Academy Award for best-animated feature.However, a large credit for that success could be given to Kevin Feige, who worked as a creative producer on the franchise. It would be interesting to see how Sony copes up with that loss, especially when the film’s star, Tom Holland, and its director, Jon Watts, are expected to do at least two more “Spider-Man” films.
Fans of the movies and Spider man, especially those who loved the superhero in the Marvel movies, would really be hoping that studios play nice and come to an agreement. It would be really disappointing to lose out on such an integral part of the Marvel universe due to financial disagreements. Let’s hope the issue gets resolved soon and Peter Parker can carry on doing what he does best, and keep on saving the world.