If Disney’s Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures can’t come to a mutual agreement, it might mean the end of Spider-Man’s time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Back in 2015, Marvel announced a landmark deal with Sony Pictures that brought Tom Holland’s Spider-Man into the MCU, with his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Details are still emerging, but it seems like that deal between Disney and Sony has fallen apart, bringing Spider-Man’s fate in the MCU to question.
According to Deadline, Disney proposed a 50/50 co-financing arrangement on all future Spider-Man films, which Sony refused with no counter offer. Both Sony and Disney believe they have the upper hand: Sony owns the movie rights to Spider-Man, while Disney has the success record of Kevin Feige’s MCU. The current deal has Disney’s Marvel receiving about 5% of first dollar gross.
Other reports say that the Deadline article is completely inaccurate. According to io9, a Sony representative believes that “this dispute is simply over a producer credit and negotiations are ongoing”.
With Disney and Fox’s recent merger allowing characters from X-Men and the Fantastic Four to join the MCU, it would be a shame if everyone’s favorite web-slinger couldn’t remain in the mix. As of now, two more MCU Spider-Man movies starring Tom Holland are currently in the works. Sony’s Spider-Man universe is also growing with sequels of Spider-Man: Into The Universe and Venom in the works. Who knows what the future holds, but hopefully Disney and Sony can put their greediness aside and work things out for the greater good.