‘Spider-Man’ Fans Aren’t Convinced the Character Will Ever Truly Belong to the MCU

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Spider-Man has fought many villains over the many years, together with the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus and the Vulture, amongst many others. However, there’s one villain that towers over all these: Corporate shenanigans.

By now, most Marvel followers perceive that Marvel Studios, owned by Disney, doesn’t personal the display rights to Spider-Man. Sony does. And that has been a thorn in followers’ sides, particularly because the deal between Sony and Disney to share the character fell aside for some time final yr. This has led to followers questioning if the web-slinger will ever actually be a part of the Marvel household. 

A brief historical past of Sony, Spider-Man and Disney

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Whole books may very well be written solely in regards to the Sony/Spidey/Disney tangle, however to put the groundwork, it’s vital to know why followers are confused, upset or each. When folks consult with Marvel films lately, they typically imply the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, which have been going sturdy since 2008. However, Spider-Man type of lives outdoors of these films. 

Sony purchased the display rights to Spider-Man within the 1990s. At first, they have been going to make a film with a script by James Cameron, however that by no means received off the bottom. Once Fox’s X-Men franchise scored a giant success 20 years in the past, that gave Sony the impetus to begin their very own sequence of superhero films, they usually made the very profitable trilogy starring Tobey Maguire and directed by Sam Raimi. 

Then, Sony felt the necessity to reboot the franchise, and customarily talking, the Andrew Garfield films weren’t as well-liked because the Tobey Maguire films, and the notion was the franchise was adrift.

By this time, Disney’s Marvel films have been going sturdy, so Sony and Marvel hammered out an settlement to share the character. Sony would nonetheless make the flicks with Spider-Man as the principle character, however he might additionally seem as a supporting participant in Disney’s films.

That association went south final yr when Disney and Sony couldn’t agree on cash, earlier than a last-minute save at the very least partly engineered by Tom Holland. That dispute left a nasty style in followers’ mouths. 

What does Sony personal moreover Spider-Man?

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Ever since that rupture in 2019, followers have debated in lots of a discussion board about how Sony and Marvel might share the character going ahead. Some have even speculated that perhaps Disney ought to purchase Sony, similar to they purchased Fox, however that appears not possible. One fan on Reddit mentioned, “Sony will never sell Spider-man. Never. They already lost James Bond, it’s the only major Ip they got.”

That isn’t true for a few causes. First, Sony by no means actually “had” James Bond. Those rights have at all times been owned by Eon Productions, who work via MGM. Sony distributed the Daniel Craig Bond films, however misplaced these rights to Universal for the forthcoming No Time to Die

Second, Sony has the rights to greater than Spider-Man or (at one time) 007. They additionally personal the rights to Ghostbusters, Men in Black, and Jumanji, the reboot films of which have been huge hits.

However, few would dispute that Spider-Man is Sony’s largest money cow, and the corporate isn’t about to let him go with no very good-looking paycheck and/or a rare set of circumstances. So the 2 Tom Holland Spider-Man films to this point aren’t about to look on Disney+ in America as an illustration. 

Do we all know Spider-Man’s future for positive?

All this makes followers really feel like Spider-Man, regardless of being the very face of Marvel comics, isn’t totally a part of the MCU.

A fan on Reddit posted a video that confirmed the Tom Holland films as a part of the Disney+ lineup, but it surely was an advert for Latin American territories, the place the rights aren’t fairly the identical. 

One fan identified that Disney not proudly owning Spider-Man might really be advantageous, writing, “I don’t want Disney to own all Marvel properties as that would make it unlikely to ever see another marvel film that isn’t PG 13, except for maybe Deadpool. We’d probably never get another Logan anytime soon for example under Disney.”

So for now, Sony and Disney share the character with the third Holland Spider-Man film, which lately began capturing. Meanwhile, Sony is forging forward with the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel characters, which embody the upcoming Venom sequel and the Morbius film, in addition to a sequel to Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse.

So we’ll see loads of Spider-Man associated product. It’s simply that for now, just one pending film is a part of the MCU. 

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