SONY KILLED MARVEL SPIDERMAN DEAL
Spider-Man is no longer part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony has ended their Spider-Man partnership with Marvel Studios.
Sony bought the film rights to Spider-Man from Marvel back in the 90s when the comic publisher was desperate for cash. Sony then produced 2 separate Spider-Man film franchises consisting of the Sam Raimi directed Tobey Maguire films of the early 2000s and the Amazing Spider-Man reboot starring Andrew Garfield. The films were all over the place with some getting great reviews while others were terrible.
In 2015 Marvel and Sony came to an agreement to share the character. What this amounted to was that Marvel was allowed to use Spider-Man in 5 Marvel produced films. The rumored terms were that Marvel fully funded and produced the movies while Sony received a large portion of the box office. Marvel benefited from the deal by gaining the merchandising rights to the films as well as being able to protect one of their company’s most valuable brands.
There had been signs for a while that Sony might leave the partnership once the 5 movies had been fulfilled. The film studio announced plans to launch their own Spider-Man centric cinematic universe known as “Sony’s Marvel Universe”. Former Sony head, Amy Pascal, claimed that films released under this banner would take place in the same continuity as the Marvel Cinematic Universe while Marvel head, Kevin Feige looked on in stunned disbelief at a joint media event. It was later clarified that the Sony movies would take place independently. Sony then announced plans to produce films based on several supporting Spider-Man characters like Black Cat, Silver Sable, Morbius, and Venom. The first film released as part of Sony’s Marvel Universe was 2018’s Venom which received mixed reviews and seemed to avoid any mention of Spider-Man or the MCU.
It seemed pretty odd that Sony would release films based solely on supporting characters and not their biggest star. It now appears that the plan was to let the Marvel Cinematic Universe films rejuvenate Spider-Man’s value and then take him back from the MCU and insert him into their own universe of films.
Marvel seems to have seen the writing on the wall for some time as the ending of their last Spider-Man film, Far From Home, left them quite a bit of wiggle room to explain why the character is no longer participating in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They also worked in an excuse as to why Nick Fury wouldn’t remember any of his dealings with Spider-Man.
Sony plans to release two films in 2020 based on their Spider-Man family characters, Morbius on July 31 and Venom 2 on October 2.