Earlier this week, the industry was rocked by the acrimonious end of Marvel/Disney’s Spider-Man pact with Sony. While Disney is said to have asked for as much as 50% of future Spider-Man movie profits, a new report may explain why Sony is willing to leave the MCU behind.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony doesn’t believe that it needs Marvel or Kevin Feige anymore. A Sony source reportedly told THR that “[Sony Pictures Chairman] Tom [Rothman] is thinking ‘Okay, we’ve learned everything we need to from Kevin’s playbook. We did Venom on our own and we did Spider-Verse.’”
If Venom hadn’t proven to be so successful at the box office, Sony probably wouldn’t have felt so emboldened. The animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, also went a long way towards Sony’s rehabilitation of its Spider-Man image.
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But few would argue that the deal to share Spider-Man paid dividends for both Marvel and Sony. Spidey’s entrance into the MCU allowed the company’s biggest hero to be a part of three blockbuster films. Sony’s two solo Spidey films, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, went on to become mega hits of their own. Last weekend, Far From Home became Sony’s highest grossing film of all time.
There may still be a slim possibility that Sony and Marvel/Disney can return to the bargaining table. A few Marvel actors are already advocating for that. But in the interim, Spidey’s future is firmly back in Sony’s control.
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