Can’t Keep a ‘Spider-Man’ Down


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Holland as Spider-Man. Many fans were excited to hear that he would be returning to the MCU for at least one more movie. Copyright by: Sony Pictures, Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Company

Carson Zorn, Writer

After just a little over a month of his exit from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have agreed to a deal that will keep Spider-Man in the MCU for at least two more movies. This is the breakdown of the events.

The Original Deal

Back in 2015, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures struck a deal to share the rights for the character of Spider-Man. The deal was pretty complicated but it was basically broken down like this: Marvel Studios got to use Spider-Man in their films. Sony would finance the films 100 percent, but also get 100 percent of the box office amount from the solo films, whereas Marvel Studios would get 100 percent of the box office amount from the MCU films he was part of. Marvel received all merchandising rights as well as inclusion of him as a character in their theme parks. The deal seemed to be working out well as Spider-Man appeared in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ just a year after the deal was made, followed by a solo movie with ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ as well as ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’. But things started to get rough in late August almost two months after the most recent solo film ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’.

The Fallout

On August 27th, after ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office, behind the scenes turmoil was leaked to the media and it was widely reported that Sony was pulling Spider-Man out of the MCU. Allegedly, this happened after Marvel and Sony couldn’t reach a new and restructured deal that would benefit both studios. Marvel reportedly asked for a 50/50 split of both finances and box office returns, but also permission to keep all merchandising and theme park rights. Sony immediately shot this down and pulled Spidey off the negotiating table. Spidey fans and MCU fans heard the news and went crazy, demanding that Sony give Spider-Man back to Marvel. Throughout the following weeks many rumors surfaced saying that Spider-Man would be added back and that Sony and Marvel were still negotiating. Spider-Man actor, Tom Holland, tried to calm fans by saying that the Spider-Man character “Lies safe in Sony’s hands”. But on September 5th, Sony Pictures CEO Tony Vinciquerra silenced all rumors of ongoing negotiations by stating “For the moment, the door is closed”. Most Spidey and MCU fans took that as the final blow, and accepted that they may never get the conclusion to the cliff-hanger ending of ‘Far From Home’.


The Door Reopens

By September 27th most fans had given up hope of Spider-Man returning to the MCU. But they soon learned to never say never. In a surprising move, Marvel and Sony announced that they completed a deal that would keep Spidey in the MCU for at least a little bit longer. The new deal entails that Marvel Studios gets to make a third addition to the MCU Spider-Man franchise, as well as use him in one more non-solo film MCU film. So, fans will get to see Spider-Man at least twice more before he potentially heads to Sony for good. Some speculation says that Sony and Marvel may strike a long-time deal if the third installment is successful at the box office, but that is too far into the future to predict. For now, MCU and Spider-Man fans can rejoice together knowing that Spidey will stick around for a little longer.