“We’re so glad we had this time together…”
In one of the most shocking moves in the world of superhero films, Sony and Disney have decided to end their partnership that had brought Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with Captain America: Civil War. While the solo Spidey films Homecoming and Far from Home were full Sony productions, Marvel had a hand with their continuity of the MCU. Alas, it’s no longer meant to be.
Talks had broken down between Sony and Disney in a renegotiation that breaks it down to one simple factor: money. Disney now has the highest-grossing film in history with the epic Avengers: Endgame. However, Sony now has their highest-grossing film in history with the recently released Spider-Man: Far from Home.
The original deal involved Sony getting 95% of all grosses featuring the character with Disney receiving 5% of the grosses. However, with the successes of both recent films, Disney was looking for a 50-50 deal, which Sony refused. However, at this time, there is a chance that there could be another renegotiation, but as of now, it looks like Spider-Man is returning to Sony full-time.
What could this mean? Well, for one, with Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters (SUMC), we may see Spidey possibly make an appearance in perhaps to name one film, Venom 2, which will begin production soon with Tom Hardy returning to the role of Eddie Brock and his symbiote alter-ego, or perhaps a Spidey/Venom collaboration down the road. As for star Tom Holland and director Jon Watts, there are two more Spidey films being developed to keep this collaboration going.
Let’s face it: Holland is definitely wonderful as Peter Parker, so it’s best to keep this train running. Rumor has it that the next film’s villain is someone who has not been used on the big screen before. Many are hoping it is Kraven the Hunter, which would fit well.
If Disney and Sony do make a new deal, then this post will be updated. Until then, True Believers, we shall see where Spider-Man will head until then.