Disney and Sony Execs Speak on Spider-Man Deal, Call It a “Win-Win-Win”

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Source: Comicbook.com

It wasn’t too long ago that the Comic Book world was rocked by Disney and Sony having a falling out which resulted in Spider-Man, now brought to life by actor Tom Holland, being pulled from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

After heated debate both in the boardroom and across the Twittersphere, and a drunken plea from Tom Holland directly to Disney CEO Bob Iger, Disney execs and Sony execs were able to make a deal. Both sides declare it was the Marvel fanbase that was the driving force that got them back to the discussion table. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, it was a “win-win-win.”

Spider-Man: Far From Home
Credit: Sony Pictures

“The fan base, which is important to all of us, seemed to really respond to what Tom and his folks have done before with our people,” said Disney executive Alan Horn. “They like the fact that the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Kevin Feige were involved [in the two Spider-Man films]. We heard feedback out there that suggested that joining forces once again was probably really a good idea.”

More recently, a Sony exec has spoken about it.

“Yes, we have. But I agree with my distinguished colleague. This was a classic win-win-win. A win for Sony, a win for Disney, a win for the fans,” said Sony Pictures Exec Tim Rothman. “The only thing I would say is that news cycles and the rhythm of negotiations do not necessarily overlap. And this is, in the words of Shakespeare, a consummation devoutly to be wished. We would have gotten there, and the news got ahead of some things.”

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However, both executives were mum about whether or not the current deal will survive beyond the upcoming third Spider-Man film to Marvel’s “Homecoming Series.” They haven’t given give any confirmation if any of Sony’s Spider-verse films such as the upcoming Venom 2 would lead into the MCU. 

Recap of the Disney/Sony Spider-Man Story

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Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Marvel‘s Captain America: Civil War. Along with appearing in other MCU films such as Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, Holland’s Peter Parker was given his own movie series, which includes Spider-Man Homecoming and Spider-Man Far From Home. With Kevin Feige at the helm, Marvel Studios crafted Spidey‘s Cinematic Universe storyline that included a close relationship with a few Marvel Characters such as Nick Fury and Iron Man.
But the Box office success of the Homecoming Series and Sony Pictures Entertainment‘s own Spider-Man film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Sony felt confident to now take Spidey and make their own Spider-Man Cinematic Universe. When Marvel Studios‘ parent company, The Walt Disney Company, wanted more from Spider-Man, Sony Pictures decided to use that opportunity to pull away. Fans of the web-slinging hero were left sad and furious. Luckily, they were passionate enough to coerce the studio execs to come back to the table even more committed to exploring the possibility of making more Spider-Man movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So far, fans can count on one more movie. They should count that movie as a huge win and hope Disney CEO Bob Iger has enough magic left to keep that deal alive for the Spider-Man movies yet to come.
Tom Holland is the latest actor to play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in a live action film following in the footsteps of actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.
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