Whilst Disney was revelling in its own corporate glory this weekend with the D23 convention, there was a small cloud hovering over its perfect sky – that of the seeming end to the Disney and Sony Pictures deal that would allow them to keep sharing the movie rights to Spider-Man.
The story has been covered heavily for the past week in entertainment news media, but many of those involved have remained silent – especially on the Disney side. That changed yesterday when actor Tom Holland, who plays Spider-Man, spoke up at a panel at D23 with a message of thank you.
More revealing however is both Holland and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige’s comments to EW today taken during the convention where both have spoken about it properly for the first time and both seem ready in case Holland’s Spider-Man is no longer a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For his part, Holland says he remains committed to the role whatever the outcome:
Holland: “Basically, we’ve made five great movies. 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. 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.”
Feige: “I’m feeling about Spider-Man gratitude and joy. We got to make five films within the MCU with Spider-Man: two standalone films and three with the Avengers. It was a dream that I never thought would happen. It was never meant to last forever. 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.”
So is the deal officially off? The jury’s still out. Negotiating in the press and misinformation have been spread around and differing reports indicate that Disney’s request for a 50% co-financing/revenue arrangement was inflated and it was actually 25% (but only for movies that involve Marvel and Feige). Another report indicated Disney execs were the one insisting talks with Sony end after the failure of “Dark Phoenix” meant Disney wants Feige’s full attention on their own properties. Many concede Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman is a tough negotiator and the public breakup could just be a tactic.
It goes beyond the two companies though. From talk of bots pushing the #SaveSpiderMan campaign, to numerous petitions and planned protests, multiple think pieces on why the deal went sour, and a chiding at Disney by Stan Lee’s daughter over at TMZ. People involved continued to weigh in too. Jon Favreau tells ET Online:
“It’s still early days. As a fan, (I’m) cautiously hopeful that something will come together, because I think all the fans wanna see those characters together. I don’t mean Happy and May, I mean Spidey with the MCU… Things don’t always — what you read isn’t always indicative of where things are now, so hopefully I’ll find out more while I’m here… But as a fan, I’m hopeful that… you know, cautiously optimistic. Holding out hope that this isn’t the final chapter of that story.”
“Spider-Man: Far from Home” scribes Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers will return to pen the next film in the series – Sony has two more “Spider-Man” movies in the works and Jon Watts, who directed the last two, has apparently not signed on yet and is being courted for other projects including other Marvel Studios project says Deadline.
Sony also has a “Venom” sequel and “Morbius” movie on the way.
Tom Holland and Kevin Feige comment on #SpiderMan leaving the MCU
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