Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home have captured Marvel fans’ imaginations, as they dream of a future for Spider-Man. But things may change after it was reported that current talks between Disney and Sony Pictures have failed to strike a deal. As fans and stars come out in support of Marvel, here is the background of their dispute.
The dispute started off with a trade off between Columbia Pictures and MGM, as each had claims on both the Spider-Man and the James Bond series.
They traded off so MGM would give up its claim to Spider-Man in exchange for Columbia Pictures giving up its rights on 007.
But earlier this month, since Disney acquired Marvel Studios, it was revealed the two companies could not reach a new agreement regarding the upcoming Spider-Man films.
Deadline said Disney were hoping for a “50/50 financing arrangement” between themselves and Sony, while Sony hoped to keep the terms of the previous agreement which saw Marvel taking five percent of the film’s revenue.
Sony released a comment, saying: “Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterised recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise.
“We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film.
“We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him — including all their newly added Marvel properties — do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own.
“Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.”