Marvel Studios Will No Longer Produce SPIDER-MAN Films For Sony Pictures
Well, I didn’t see this coming! After Spider-Man: Far From Home made over a billion dollars, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures are parting ways. According to Deadline, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige “won’t produce any further Spider-Man films because of an inability by Disney and Sony Pictures to reach new terms that would have given the former a co-financing stake going forward.”
Wow! This is crazy! Apparently the two studios have been in dispute over this for the past few months. This means that Sony Pictures will take back full control of Spider-Man and the films moving forward. Also, Spider-Man will be pulled from the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
This is just awful news and Sony Pictures is making the stupidest decision ever! The only reason that Spider-Man is so successful now is because of how Marvel and Kevin Feige handled the character. This is just madness! My immediate though is that Sony is just going to go back to making mediocre Spider-Man movies. I hope that’s not the case, though.
According to the report, there are two more Spider-Man films in development that director Jon Watts would return to direct and Tom Holland reprise his role as Spider-Man. Feige and Marvel Studios will have nothing to do with these films. Hopefully, Jon Watts can do it alone, but it’s going to be so weird to not have anymore connection to the MCU. Does that mean Happy Hogan and any other connection like Nick Fury is going to be pulled from the future films as well?
What a mess. This is what happen when people get greedy, though. This whole thing all comes down to money. “Disney asked that future Spider-Man films be a 50/50 co-financing arrangement between the studios, and there were discussions that this might extend to other films in the Spider-Man universe. Sony turned that offer down flat, and I don’t believe they even came back to the table to figure out a compromise.”
50/50 seems like a fair deal to me! But you can blame Sony executives Tom Rothman and Tony Vinciquerra for not trying to make a deal and killing it. They don’t “want to share its biggest franchise.” So they would much rather cut out the talent that actually made it as successful as it became.
So how does Feige feel about this? The report says they’re told Feige “loves Spider-Man, arguably the biggest superhero character in the Marvel canon. He would have continued if Disney and Sony could have reached new deal terms.”
It’s also explained that as the Spider-Man relationship grew, “Feige and Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman spoke about the possibility of a wider involvement in the Sony-controlled Spider-man universe, which contains 900 characters.” Feige also is said to have helped out with Venom a little bit.
The report has a great analogy, saying, “Essentially Sony has made a decision that is similar to saying, thank you, but we think we can win the championship without Michael Jordan.” No… no you can’t and I think they’ll learn the hard way. I wonder if the fans will turn on Sony for taking Spider-Man out of the MCU. The report points out:
Feige’s first decade at Marvel is largely unblemished and his consistency has been nothing short of historic: even George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson haven’t seen everything turn into a hit, and so maybe only James Cameron has the success record that Feige has achieved. But Feige has done it all in the last 10 years, producing and overseeing 23 superheros, with not a flop in the bunch. They’ve all been number one openers that have collectively grossed $26.8 billion. Feige this year became the producer of the top grossing film ever for two studios — Sony and Disney — and he produced three of the top four highest grossing films this year in Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home. This after scoring the first ever Best Picture Oscar nom for a superhero film last year with Black Panther. I can’t think of a Hollywood producer/executive who has done anything close to this.
That’s just proof that cutting Feige out of the mix is a moronic move! This is super frustrating and I hate that Sony got greedy. Hopefully, this isn’t really the end and Sony wises up and tries to work things out, but there’s a very good chance that’s not going to happen.
Sony Pictures thinks that they’ll be fine without Feige and Marvel Studios as they move forward. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I guess Spider-Man will end up in the separate Marvel Universe that Sony is building.
What do you think about all this? I’m just super sad and disappointed.