ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

The hacking debacle Sony is going through right now has good and bad news for fans of Spider-Man.

First, the bad.

To start with, according to "The Wall Street Journal" 's Speakeasy" blog negotiations between Marvel and Sony for the companies to share Spider-Man reached the highest levels possible:

Details of the discussions are contained in e-mails to and from Sony’s motion picture chief Amy Pascal, which were released on the Internet by hackers this week.
The e-mails reveal extensive discussions between executives at Sony and Marvel owner Walt Disney, all the way up to their respective chief executives Kaz Hirai and Robert Iger.

The bad news there is that Amy Pascal, the woman who has been in charge while Sony ran Sam Raimi off the "Spider-Man" franchise, demanded a reboot and stuffed "Amazing Spider-Man 2" with a ridiculous amount of characters, is still in charge.

Now, the good. One e-mail suggests a deal was being discussed to have Spider-Man appear in three Marvel Studios movies:

In an Oct. 30 e-mail, Sony Pictures president Doug Belgrad tells Ms. Pascal about a potential scenario that would see Marvel produce a new trilogy of Spider-Man movies while Sony retains “creative control, marketing and distribution.”

Another states that Marvel DEFINITELY wanted to include Spider-Man in the upcoming [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409) film:

In a separate e-mail, Ms. Pascal tells a business partner that Marvel wanted to include Spider-Man in its planned third “Captain America” movie.

However, the talks eventually broke down, obviously. Can you blame Marvel Studios? What kind of deal would it be to revive a rival studio's #1 property with their Marvel logo attached to films with Spider-Man while allowing Sony to retain "creative control, marketing and distribution"?

So with the talks done, the question becomes: What the heck is Sony's plan? According to the "WSJSpeakesy" blog, fans will have to wait for the New Year to arrive to get any clues:

The talks with Marvel eventually broke down and Sony is now planning to go ahead with its own Spider-Man slate, according to people familiar with the matter. As of late November, executives were planning a “Spidey summit” for January to discuss future plans. Among projects in development are an animated Spider-Man comedy that would be produced by Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the team behind “22 Jump Street” and “The Lego Movie,” as well as previously disclosed Spider-Man spin-offs focused on villain team Sinister Six, super-foe Venom, and women from the webslinger’s life.

One can only hope Sony finally gets their act together and comes up with a long-range plan for Spidey - or finally lets him go home to Marvel Studios.

What do the rest of you think?


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