Spider-Man Could Leave MCU if Disney, Sony Can’t Reach Financing Deal


According to Deadline which first reported the news, Disney asked Sony that future "Spider-Man" films be a 50/50 co-financing arrangement between both studios, a request Sony turned down. Consequently, Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige will have nothing to do with the next two Spider-Man movies. The last few months have reportedly seen a dispute between Disney and Sony over the co-distribution rights they've shared since 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming, and a failure to come to terms has essentially jettisoned Feige and Marvel from future Spidey projects.

The partnership, which began with Tom Holland's Spider-Man appearing in 2016's "Captain America: Civil War", allowed Spider-Man to interact for the first time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, trading quips with Captain America and learning under Iron Man. In turn, Sony offered to keep the same arrangement under the current terms with Marvel receiving about 5% of first-dollar gross, and Disney rejecting the offer. But Sony simply doesn't want to share any more money than they have to.

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This is an astronomically stupid move by Sony Pictures. But before we beat on Sony like usual, we should also take note that Disney gets the revenue to all Spider-Man merchandise.

Sony Pictures should be thankful for its friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. It's because Kevin Feige brought Spider-Man into the phenomenally successful Marvel Cinematic Universe and made him a key part of The Avengers franchise. However, without Kevin Feige in the producer's chair, fans aren't feeling too good about the news. It's not yet clear whether this means Spider-Man will no longer appear in any of the other Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, but with Feige no longer guiding the creative side of the webslinger, it would be hard to reconcile any plans Sony might have for Spidey if they don't jibe with the future of the MCU. Just before he and his classmates leave for Europe, there's a brief clip of Spider-Man stopping a gunfight before the cops, which has the potential to be extended into a longer sequence.