In the wake of yesterday’s news that Disney and Sony are severing ties over the “Spider-Man” franchise, and Sony issuing a follow-up statement, another piece of news has hit.
We know Sony has two more “Spider-Man” movies in the works and now Deadline is reporting that “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home” director Jon Watts has apparently not signed on yet for the two future movies.
In fact, Watts is being courted for other projects, so there is no guarantee the director will return for a third feature even as it was previously reported he had signed on for two more.
Meanwhile the news is still the topic du jour across film-related social media today. Actor Jeremy Renner, who plays Hawkeye in the MCU films, posted on Instagram: “Hey Sony Pictures, we want Spider-Man back to Stan Lee and Marvel Studios please, thank you.” Elsewhere other fans using the trending #SaveSpidey hashtag have tried to enlist “Deadpool” actor Ryan Reynolds to help out – in some cases outright begging.
As has become the modern trend with fandom, it’s also getting angry, entitled and a bit ugly out there in some corners of the social media sphere where what is essentially a contract disagreement between two multinational corporate giants has turned into hollow justification for petty tribalism and bad behavior.
Sony appears to be the one of the two companies that has become the target to be strung up and digitally stoned for non-compliance as hashtags like #SaveSpidermanFromSony, #SpiderManFarFromTheMCU, #SonyIsOverParty and #IHateSony3000 spread.
There’s still plenty to come to this story, stay tuned.