You didn't really think it would last forever, did you? The historic and unlikely deal between three titans of the film industry — Sony Pictures, Marvel Studios and Disney — opened the door to allow Spider-Man, one of the most beloved superheroes, to enter the MCU, one of the most acclaimed and financially successful shared universes of all-time.
But the visit may be brief. In an interview with Cosmic Book News, Amy Pascal, the former head of Sony Pictures who helped to orchestrate the deal, seemed to allude to the agreement expiring in two year's time, following the release of the second solo Spider-Man movie. She said:
"One of the things that I think is so amazing about this experience is that you don’t have studios deciding to work together to make a film very often. In fact it may never happen again, after we do the sequel."
Sony, who have owned the cinematic rights to Spider-Man since 1999, struck the landmark deal with Marvel in 2015. Tom Holland was confirmed as the new webslinger, in a six-movie deal to star within the MCU, starting with Captain America: Civil War. This summer the solo #SpiderManHomecoming will be released, with a sequel planned for July 5, 2019 — which according to Pascal, could be where the joint-ownership ends.
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Spider-Man Could Leave The MCU Once The Deal Expires
The deal itself is far from straight forward. Originally, #Marvel wanted to buy the rights to the character, a move that would be costly. Instead, the eventual deal saw the rights and creative control go to Marvel for free. In exchange, Sony take the profits from Peter Parker's solo adventures, while Marvel retain profits from Avengers team-ups.
Of course, there is a chance that in 2019, Sony and Marvel manage to thrash out a new deal, but the positions of both sides will be entirely different. Spider-Man is a top-tier superhero, and highly lucrative. Part of Sony's plan was to reboot in a way that was innovative, following recent stints in the blue-and-red lycra by by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield — joining the #MCU was a great way to do that.
Now fans are back on board, it's possible Sony will cut ties with Marvel and go alone, taking advantage of the leverage offered by exposure in the shared universe, and more than likely sticking with #TomHolland in the role. The flip side, though, is that fans will want Marvel to retain creative control, considering their everything-they-touch-turns-to-gold reputation.
Will Sony Make The Right Move And Stick With Marvel?
Discussing the move from the creative angle, Pascal — who is still a producer on the #SpiderMan movies — added:
"I think that was a very rare thing for three companies to do, and a very brilliant thing for them to decide to do because there are only so many stories that you can tell again and again and again about Spidey, and this is something that we would have never been able to do in any other way. So it was a very selfless thing that very smart on the part of all the companies."
The question is, come 2019, will Sony remain selfless and smart, and allow Spidey to flourish in the MCU? Or will the dollar signs be too alluring to turn down full control? Only time will tell, but until then, at least fans of the wall-crawler will see him reach his full potential in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Infinity War and beyond.
Should Spider-Man remain in the MCU? Or would you like to see Sony take another shot at the franchise?
(Source: Cosmic Book News)