Sony Rep Says Negotiations with Disney Are "Ongoing"
A lot of fans have been bashing Sony Pictures since the news broke that they would be parting ways from Disney and Marvel and that Spider-Man would not longer be a part of the MCU. There have been a lot of reports coming out on what might be happening behind the scenes, but there is an update I just stumbled across that I haven’t seen before.
The update comes from io9, and a Sony rep told them that negotiations with Disney are ongoing. They explain:
“A Sony rep told us it’s their belief this dispute is simply over a producer credit and negotiations are ongoing. They further clarified Feige has contributed to other Spider-centric movies that he did not receive a producer credit on.”
It’s hard to believe that this is all over a producer credit. That update does fall in line with the statement the studio released, which says:
“Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized 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.”
A lot of fans see this all as damage control on Sony’s part because of the heat that they are getting. And it very well could be! Disney and Marvel have yet to make a statement on the matter. I would really love to hear what they have to say about the whole thing.
This all happened right before D23, which starts this week, and I wonder if they will say anything about it there or just ignore like they’ve been doing for now. At this point, I’d think that nothing is set in stone until Disney says it is because they have the ultimate power.