Sticky Situation for Spider-Man

Sticky Situation for Spider-Man; Sony-Marvel Fight Leads to Spider-Man Being Kicked From the MCU

Victoria Hutchinson, Arts and Entertainment Writer

Since 2002, Sony Pictures has held the license for Spider-Man. But after Disney bought Marvel, they wanted to bring Spider-Man into their own home. However, Sony wanted to keep the license for Spider-Man.

As of four years ago, there was an agreement made between Sony and Marvel, allowing Disney’s Marvel studios and it’s top executive, Kevin Feige, to produce and manage Spider-Man movies for Sony Pictures. Sony had a lot of success with Spider-Man movies starting in 2002. But after a rough reboot of the franchise 10 years later, Sony faced some problems. What is the studio going to do with a property it needed but couldn’t expand?

Marvel has been producing movies in 2008 and was quickly bought by Disney a year after. Marvel was eager to bring as many characters into the franchise as possible, but with some of their biggest properties licensed somewhere else, it was a little difficult.

So in 2015 the two came to an agreement- Disney’s Marvel would get merchandising revenue and be able to use Spider-Man in it’s own films, such as Avengers movies. Sony would be releasing the films and would benefit from the promotion that came from appearing in another studio’s movie. 

This agreement gave everyone a reason to be happy. The young actor Tom Holland was a big draw in Marvel movies such as Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, especially for younger viewers. Many people were enjoying the movies, and with “Spider-Man: Far From Home” recently being released everyone was happy. 

And then recently,  the two sides couldn’t agree on a renewal for all the shared profiting. According to Feige would continue directing Spider-Man movies, if Disney got a full partnership. A box-office profit share of 50/50 but, Sony wasn’t willing to give up that much. This was a no-go for Sony because they have been giving up only 5 percent in recent Marvel movies that feature Spider-Man. 

This puts Disney in a difficult place and Disney decided to pull Kevin Feige from his spot as head director for Spider-Man. This means there’s no more agreement with Sony and they can’t have crossovers leading to Spider-Man being snapped out of the MCU. 

No one really knew what was going to happen from there, but recently Tom Holland talked about the subject at his GQstyle interview. “I’m not shy about expressing how incredible the last five years have been with Marvel,” he says, “I’ve truly had the time of my life, and in so many respects, they have made my dreams come true as an actor. Sony has also been really good to me, and the global success of ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is a real testament to their support, skill, and commitment. The legacy and future of Spidey rests in Sony’s safe hands. I really am nothing but grateful, and I’ve made friends for life along the way.”

He also has shared some of his feelings on the topic at Disney’s D23 convention shortly after the Disney-Sony fight was made public. He assured the fans that he will “continue playing Spider-Man” and “having the time of (his) life.” and he added “It’s going to be so fun, however we choose to do it. The future for Spider-Man will be different, but it will be equally as awesome and amazing, and we’ll find new ways to make it even cooler.”

So, no one knew what the future held for Tom’s beloved character but he was pretty confident it was in good hands and everyone would have a reason to be happy. 

UPDATE:  Marvel and Sony had announced that Spidey will return to the MCU! This was very exciting news for fans, they have been promised one more solo Spider-Man movie and one more Marvel movie. Will we be getting an Avengers 5? 

This new deal has Marvel producing the next installment of the Spider-Man franchise and Kevin Feige being a huge role in this production. This third film releases July 16th, 2021. This announcement has everyone happy and ensures a billion dollar business for Spidey.