Sony takes control of Spider-Man

The Marvel hero is completely in the hands of Sony once again.


“I don’t feel so good, Mr. Stark,” was likely the most memorable line that the MCU Spider-Man has ever uttered – and ever will. Now, the rights of Spider-Man are, for the time being, completely unusable by Disney and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Disney and Sony were unable reach a deal on how much money each should get from the Spider-Man movies previously produced by Marvel. Disney was hoping to up their co-financing arrangement to be 50/50, but Sony rejected the offer. Inevitably, Spider-Man will no longer be able to be part of the MCU. Fans were understandably upset over the decision, but can still await future Spider-Man movies coming soon, with the only difference being Sony as the producer and the absence of many Marvel-specific characters.

Kevin Feige, who was in charge of directing Spider-Man movies before, will no longer be working on them in the future. Feige also seemed to be in good spirits, saying he felt “gratitude and joy,” pointing to the fact Marvel Studios were able to make five films with Spider-Man. “It was a dream that I never thought would happen,” Feige said.

Courtesy of Columbia Pictures Spider-Man and Iron Man in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN™: HOMECOMING.

It seemed like Feige was prepared for an end to Spider-Man in the MCU. “It was never meant to last forever,” he said. “We knew there was a finite amount of time that we’d be able to do this, and we told the story we wanted to tell, and I’ll always be thankful for that.”

Tom Holland, the actor who plays Spider-Man, has weighed in on the issue, and will continue to play Spider-Man regardless of who is creating the movies.

“Basically, we’ve made five great movies,” Holland said in a chat with Entertainment Weekly. “It’s been five amazing years. I’ve had the time of my life. Who knows what the future holds? But all I know is that I’m going to continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of my life. It’s going to be so fun, however we choose to do it.”
Holland added, “The future for Spider-Man will be different, but it will be equally as awesome and amazing, and we’ll find new ways to make it even cooler.”

Sony has also revealed that they have no intentions of reopening the negotiations with Marvel any time soon. However, Sony and Marvel still have tremendous respect for each other and understand the other side’s predicaments. Potentially, this means that there is always the chance of a Spider-Man return to the MCU in the distant future.