Marvel and Spider-Man fans everywhere were still holding on to a little bit of hope when it was reported that Sony Pictures and Disney were going to meet this week. But I hate to say, Sony has reportedly made their decision — and it’s not what fans were hoping.
According to reports this week, Sony has now made their voices heard about this touchy subject and unfortunately, is showing no signs of interest in making any news deals with The Walt Disney Company (at least for now).
Tony Vinciquerra, Sony Pictures chairman and CEO, has now opened up about the subject at Variety’s Entertainment & Technology summit. “For the moment the door is closed,” Vinciquerra stated.
The Sony-Disney deal had allowed Spider-Man to be brought into the MCU. He had appeared in a handful of Marvel Studios films, along with the rest of the Avengers, including “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and the highly anticipated box office hit “Avengers: Endgame.” The deal had expired after “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” and Disney wanted to negotiate a considerable lift in their cut of the box office revenue for the Spider-Man films. Sony passed on this and basically said no.
Vinciquerra stated that there is “no ill will” between Sony and Marvel/Disney, which is of course a pretty good sign for any possible future conversations.
“We had a great run with [Marvel Studios] on Spider-Man movies,” Vinciquerra said. “We tried to see if there’s a way to work it out….the Marvel people are terrific people, we have great respect for them, but on the other hand, we have some pretty terrific people of our own. [Feige] didn’t do all the work.”
We aren’t entirely sure what the future for Spider-Man holds at the moment, but fans still hope to see him return to the MCU soon.
Despite the Sony and Disney drama, Disney has still announced several Spider-Man projects, including a Spider-Man attraction at Disneyland and a brand new Disney Junior series “Spidey and His Amazing Friends“.
Are you saddened to see Spider-Man officially leave the MCU?