Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home have captured Marvel fans’ imaginations, as they dream of a future for Spider-Man. But things may change after it was reported that current talks between Disney and Sony Pictures have failed to strike a deal. As fans and stars come out in support of Marvel, here is the background of their dispute.
What is the history behind the dispute?
The dispute started off with a trade off between Columbia Pictures and MGM, as each had claims on both the Spider-Man and the James Bond series.
They traded off so MGM would give up its claim to Spider-Man in exchange for Columbia Pictures giving up its rights on 007.
Since acquiring the rights, five Spider-Man films were made: three by Sam Raimi and two by Marc Webb, with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield in the starring role.
After Marvel Studios then launched into the MCU, the two companies announced a licensing agreement, where Spider-Man would appear in the MCU, while Kevin Feige would act as co-producer with Sony’s Amy Pascal.
But earlier this month, since Disney acquired Marvel Studios, it was revealed the two companies could not reach a new agreement regarding the upcoming Spider-Man films.
Deadline said Disney were hoping for a “50/50 financing arrangement” between themselves and Sony, while Sony hoped to keep the terms of the previous agreement which saw Marvel taking five percent of the film’s revenue.
Sony released a comment, saying: “Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterised recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise.
“We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film.
“We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him — including all their newly added Marvel properties — do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own.
“Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.”
Is there hope for Spider-Man 3 being in the MCU?
At the moment, Spider-Man will likely not be included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe if the situation remains the same between the two companies.
As well as this, any Marvel involvement in Spider-Man solo films will cease, meaning no more Happy Hogan.
But there is still time for a deal to be struck, so fans need not be too upset at this moment.
How have people reacted to the news?
Jeremy Renner, who plays Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, took to Twitter to speak out and offer his support to those involved in Spider-Man, though he did not speak too kindly of Sony Pictures.
He said: “Hey @sonypictures we want Spider-Man back to @therealstanlee and @marvel please, thank you #congrats #spidermanrocks #please”
And even Spider-Man star Tom Holland’s father, Dominic, has spoken out about the situation.
In a blog, the comedian said: “I know nothing about the impasse between Sony and Marvel. I have no inside track on such issues.
“But whatever is decided by the big suits at these big Hollywood studios – my hunch is that the show will continue.
“Too much at stake and too many dollars riding on it – and besides, everyone wants the same thing; namely, Spider-Man on large screens keeping people safe and entertained.
“And with Tom in the suit, for the time being at least.”