View Full Version : Spider-Man could be out of the MCU as Sony/Disney deal reportedly enters stalemate

August 21st, 2019, 17:59
Some potentially terrible news broke last night for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and one web-slinger in particular, as Deadline (https://deadline.com/2019/08/kevin-feige-spider-man-franchise-exit-disney-sony-dispute-avengers-endgame-captain-america-winter-soldier-tom-rothman-bob-iger-1202672545/) dropped a bomb of a report detailing how the co-production deal between Sony and Marvel for Spider-Man films has come to a grinding halt. The recent Spider-Man: Far From Home, co-produced between the two studios and masterminded by Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige to act as a follow-up to the gigantic Avengers: Endgame, just became the biggest film in Sony’s history as it surpassed Skyfall with a $1.109 billion global total. That’s a whole lot of money and it would seem that Disney wants a whole lot more of it.
As the current agreement stands, while Disney has the full merchandising rights, they only get around a measly 5% of the Spider-Man films’ box office revenue as Sony fully owns the film rights (purchased from Marvel Comics in the 1990s when the publisher was facing bankruptcy and sold whatever they could to stay afloat). According to Deadline’s sources, the House of Mouse asked for a 50/50 box office split on upcoming Spider-Man films, but instead of even bothering to counter-offer, Sony boss Tom Rothman simply stuck to the original deal. Disney wasn’t having it and everybody walked away.