Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Cut Ties Over Spider-Man
It seems that the magic number for relationship success is more than $2 billion as Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios end their Spider-Man movie partnership. Citing money as the reason for the split, Sony believes they can continue the franchise on their own without the fiscally greatest movie producer of the last decade in Kevin Feige.
News broke from Deadline that Marvel looked for a more equitable arrangement of 50/50 over the Spider-Man franchise, and was looking for additional involvement in Sony’s Spider-Man spinoffs like Venom, Morbius, and an in-development Kraven the Hunter project. Sony essentially countered with an extension of the current arrangement that gives Marvel Studios around 5% of the first dollar gross. Both parties, unsatisfied, walked away.
What does this mean for the future of our beloved web-slinger? Tom Holland and director Jon Watts are still under contract at Sony with two more pictures rumored to be in development. Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will not be leaving the big screen anytime soon. With Venom, Kraven, Silver Sable, and over 900 other characters still in the Sony and Spider-Man vault, they really do still have several options going forward.
The big hit is that Kevin Feige is no longer in creative control of these films, and Night Monkey will not be swinging into the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the time being.
Make no mistake, Feige and Marvel Studios is plenty busy with the recent acquisition of Fox. The MCU is getting ready to launch the phase four of the MCU, reboot the Fantastic Four, reboot the X-Men, and march on with Deadpool. We’re told none of them need sleep.
For now, the break-up is too fresh to understand the fallout just yet. How will Happy end up with Aunt May? Who is going to criticize Parker if Fury isn’t around? Is the Iron Spider suit dead in the water? We have a lot of question, as we are sure fans of both franchises will have going forward. For now, we all get to be the kids who have to drive back and forth from mom to dad’s house because of the divorce we had nothing to do with (seriously, almost $2 billion dollars wasn’t enough to fake love?).
Let us know what you think? Is this a smart move by Sony? Was Marvel being too greedy in their ask (they do get all merchandising rights already)? Comments always welcome.