Sony Issues Statement About Spider-Man Blaming Disney For The Breakup

Sony Issues Statement About Spider-Man Blaming Disney For The Breakup


Jay Cochran - August 21, 2019
Yesterday news came out that negotiations between Dinsey and Sony had broken down over Spider-Man. Sony who still holds the rights to Marvel's wall-crawler had previously worked a deal with Disney and Marvel that allowed the character to be used in Disney's MCU movies while getting creative help from them to relaunch their own Spider-Universe after multiple failed attempts of their own.

Everything seemed to be going well as the most recent Spider-Man: Far From Home movie this past weekend became Sony's highest grossing movie of all time, but then the worst seemed to happen. Word came down that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige would no longer have any involvement in the creative process for future Spider-Man movies from Sony and that Spider-Man would no longer be able to appear in future MCU Disney movies. The initial reports indicated this failure to broker a new deal between the two studios was a result of money. Disney wanted a 50/50 co-financing arrangement between the studios, and there were discussions that this might extend to other films in the Spider-Man universe. Sony said no and walked away.

Of course fans were outraged over this, many blaming Sony since it had been reported they were the ones to walk away from the negotiating table due to Disney's initial offer being unreasonable.

Disney has remained silent on the issue at least in any official capacity but Sony is now firing back issuing statements on Twitter indicating it was actual Disney who is to blame for this and indicating the primary reason is that Feige is simply to busy with all his new responsibilities to work on Spider-Man, a property not directly owned by them.











Presumably these new responsibilities of Feige's Sony is referring to are in regards to Disney's recently acquired Fox properties which include the X-Men and Fantastic Four.

As it stands, things don't look good for Spider-Man returning to the MCU, however all of this as it plays out in the media might simply be negotiating tactics being used by one or both parties to try and put pressure on the other side to settle on a deal that is more favorable. Simply put this looks like a game of chicken going on to see which side is going to blink first. As it looks to me, both parties are being greedy and in the end it will be the fans who suffer.

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memocromatico - 2019-08-26 @ 6:17 pm
18 minutes ago, komododragin said:

Captain America andHulk wereA-list.

Arguably. While definitely recognizeable, they were far from the stars they are today. I compare these "A" "B" listings not among other Marvel heroes, or among the fandom, but with DC's standings and with pop culture presence.

11 years ago, the only heroes Marvel had that I'd consider "A-listers" were Spider-Man and the X-Men. Hulk had come from a terribly received movie, and Cap was nowhere to be seen. Most of my non-geek friends even disliked the character because they thought he was dull and boring, because the awesome things that he was doing weren't really mainstream.

What I mean is, I'd consider someone an A-lister if they were brought up in a conversation about Superman, Batman, or Spider-Man by someone not truly invested in the hobby.

Today, it's easier to forget Superman than Iron Man.

komododragin - 2019-08-26 @ 5:49 pm
On 8/23/2019 at 7:43 AM, belmont13 said:

On the bright side if this really means the end of the partnership thenSony can concentrate on their Spider Verse, maybe a crossover with 30 Seconds to Morbius or Venom, maybe we'll get that Silver Sable movie or the Black Cat movie or a Spider Womanmovie or a Miles Morales movie or a Silk movie(fist superhero movie with an Asian female lead does have a nice ring to it)and then they all get together in a Maximum Carnage crossover. Then without Spider Man projects, Kevin Feige andDisney/Marvel Studioscan concentrate on making the X-men and Fantastic Four movies sooner, win win.

But what about the Spider-Man Fantastic 4 crossover we could have gotten.

komododragin - 2019-08-26 @ 5:46 pm
On 8/23/2019 at 1:26 PM, michiganjfrog said:

agreed

Captain America andHulk wereA-list.

leokearon - 2019-08-26 @ 5:34 pm

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michiganjfrog - 2019-08-23 @ 6:26 pm
4 hours ago, Benn said:

Some of youseemto be forgetting that, in every way that matters, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, etc., were B-list characters until the MCU gave them their household names. Prior to the MCU, Marvel had Spider-Man,and--to a lesser extent--the X-Men. Nothing else came close. They built the MCU on freaks and geeks because they didn't have the rights to their A-list characters, and it worked. Compelling stories and an inter-connected universe showed the mainstream public what comic readers had seen in these characters. And they've done this repeatedly since then. Ten years ago, who would have believed that Black Panther and the Guardians of the Galaxy would be household names? Guardians is pretty much the definition of B- (or even C-) list, yet here we are... Spider-Man is one of the biggest names ever to appear in the MCU, and would have been the holy grail a decade ago, but they just don't need him anymore. The MCU makes its own A-list characters.

agreed

Benn - 2019-08-23 @ 1:58 pm

Some of youseemto be forgetting that, in every way that matters, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, etc., were B-list characters until the MCU gave them their household names. Prior to the MCU, Marvel had Spider-Man,and--to a lesser extent--the X-Men. Nothing else came close. They built the MCU on freaks and geeks because they didn't have the rights to their A-list characters, and it worked. Compelling stories and an inter-connected universe showed the mainstream public what comic readers had seen in these characters. And they've done this repeatedly since then. Ten years ago, who would have believed that Black Panther and the Guardians of the Galaxy would be household names? Guardians is pretty much the definition of B- (or even C-) list, yet here we are... Spider-Man is one of the biggest names ever to appear in the MCU, and would have been the holy grail a decade ago, but they just don't need him anymore. The MCU makes its own A-list characters.

belmont13 - 2019-08-23 @ 12:43 pm

On the bright side if this really means the end of the partnership thenSony can concentrate on their Spider Verse, maybe a crossover with 30 Seconds to Morbius or Venom, maybe we'll get that Silver Sable movie or the Black Cat movie or a Spider Womanmovie or a Miles Morales movie or a Silk movie(fist superhero movie with an Asian female lead does have a nice ring to it)and then they all get together in a Maximum Carnage crossover. Then without Spider Man projects, Kevin Feige andDisney/Marvel Studioscan concentrate on making the X-men and Fantastic Four movies sooner, win win.

mako - 2019-08-23 @ 10:35 am

Someone said at one point this was bound to happen, and I have to agree. Disney was only ever "borrowing" Spider-Man to begin with. For all intents and purposes, the cinematic version of Spidey belongs to Sony. It's a huge franchise that Sony started from nothing and have cultivated for twenty years. No way were they ever gonna give Disney the keys. Eventually, the companieswere gonna part ways, especially with Sony hard at work on their own cinematic universe.

That's not saying I don't understand Disney's move though. They may not be entitled to what they demanded, but still, they HAD to make theplay. Now composed almost entirely of second-string characters, the cracks are really gonna start to show in the MCU behemoth, and those are some pretty serious cracks.

Disney is trying to keep their house of cards standing, unfortunately, Sony owns the last ace in the deck.

newcollector24680 - 2019-08-23 @ 4:59 am

I'm going with Shartimus on this one. It's all just BS! Remember when Disney "fired" director James Gunn

Magnetotron - 2019-08-23 @ 4:06 am
16 hours ago, bashpics99 said:

yeah, at this point i think Disney needs Spidey in the mcu more than Sony needs Disney.

This...so much this. Both corporations are acting arrogantly entitled, but from a purely analytical perspective, Sony is dead on to remain recalcitrant.

When Iron Man snapped his fingers and Cap took his time trip in Endgame, it ushered in an MCU B-Team that desperately needs Spidey, Thor, Doc Strange and the Guardians to keep them relevant to audiences.

It's ironic that if Disney stays stubborn on this, when they rule almost the rest of the cinematic world (see any recent BO returns analysis in press on that matter), they very likely will capsize the whole of the MCU...and this when they just made a huge Fox deal that can ensure another 12 years of MCU relevance. But Spidey is the keystone in the bridge to that, and Sony knows it.

Disney needs to perform some risk analysis and come to terms.

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