Spider-Man out of the MCU following dispute between Disney and Sony
Spider-Man may have made his last appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after a dispute between Sony and Marvel's parent company Disney over profit-sharing, according to a report by Deadline.
Even though Disney does not own the rights to the Spider-Man character, which belong to Sony, a deal inked in 2015 between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios has, up until now, ensured that the web-slinger has been able to appear in Marvel films such as Avengers: Endgame, with Marvel supremo Kevin Feige working as a producer on Sony's recent Spider-Man films, including their most recent movie Spider-Man: Far From Home, which was recently confirmed as Sony's most lucrative film to date.
However, that deal looks to gave turned sour and Feige has pulled out of producing any further Spider-Man movies for Sony, who are reportedly pulling the character out of any future MCU movies. This is reportedly the result of a dispute over profit-sharing on the Spider-Man films, of which Marvel and Disney currently take a 5% cut.
According to Deadline's report, Disney have asked that profit from any future Spider-Man films produced by Sony be split on a 50/50 basis, arguing that Feige's input on the recent Spider-Man films is part of the reason for their financial success. Sony, however, disagree, and the resulting fallout could also mean that characters such as Nick Fury, who is owned by Disney but appeared in Spider-Man: Far From Home, will no longer be able to appear in future Sony movies.
The news has sparked frustration from fans, especially following Disney's recent purchase of 20th Century Fox that will allow Marvel to feature characters such as the X-Men, Deadpool and Fantastic Four in its movies for the first time.
In response to the reports from Deadline and others, Sony issued a statement via a spokesperson: “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.”
Sony is planning a further two Spider-Man movies with Tom Holland starring, and while it hops that Jon Watts will be at the helm, as things stand the director is not contractually locked in. No doubt Sony will move to do so as soon as possible, but for now the future looks uncertain for Spidey on the big screen.