Is the Marvel Cinematic Universe going to have to say goodbye to its friendly neighborhood Spider-Man? Marvel and Sony discussions on how to share the webslinger’s universe have reached an impasse, meaning Spider-Man is barred from rejoining the Avengers. While there are arguments on both sides as to who is at fault, the stand-off raises an interesting question: if the two companies part ways, can Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters (SUMC) survive without any involvement from Kevin Feige?
Disney, Marvel Studios, and Sony first brokered the deal back in February 2015. As the LA Times reports, Sony was disappointed by its latest Spider-Man outing (Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2), so executives Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal reached out to Marvel to strike a five-movie deal. Feige would oversee creative direction and be able to use Spidey in the MCU, and Marvel would get a tiny portion of first dollar gross on any solo Spider-Man films. Sony, meanwhile, would completely finance the films and be in charge of casting. Marvel characters like Iron Man would show up to boost the star power of the SUMC, but Sony would not reap any profits from Spidey’s appearances in any MCU films. It was a delicate compromise, but for the most part, it worked.
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The trouble came when the five-movie contract ended. During negotiations, Deadline reported that Disney asked to change the deal so that it co-finances all future Spider-Man films 50/50 and receives more profits than the current 5%; Disney also reportedly asked that this be extended to all the other films in the SUMC, like the upcoming Venom 2 and Morbius.
Reports conflict on whether Sony immediately walked or tried to negotiate Disney down. (Notably, the two execs who originally brokered the deal, Lynton and Pascal, are no longer with Sony.) Regardless, the deed...
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