Fans saw a major disruption in the Marvel Cinematic Universe this week as media reported that Sony and Disney had reached a dead end on their arrangement with Spider-Man and that Spider-Man would no longer be part of the MCU.
Fans cried out in horror and bitterly complained that only Disney Spider-Man was right. But that can not tell the whole story. This may not be a completed deal yet.
How did Sony and Disney come together?
Disney owns Marvel Studios, and some people think Disney has all the characters, but that's not the case.
Sony owns the rights to Spider-Man and its associated characters, such as Venom and The Green Goblin. Sony shot the most respected Spider-Man movies of the 2000s, directed by Sam Raimi and with Tobey Maguire.
After that, Sony began to fight with the Spider-Man movies, taking Spider -Man 3 is a financial success, but generally regarded as an artistic disappointment. This was followed by the rebooting films starring Andrew Garfield directed by Marc Webb, and they more or less shared the same fate.
By this time, the MCU had laid the foundation to strengthen their most valuable property, letting Sony Disney put Spider-Man into their Avengers-related films, starting with Captain America: Civil War .
Sony, in turn, would still have control of the live-action Spider-Man movies, though Marvel president Kevin Feige would play the lead role in Homecoming and Far From Home were huge hits and were very popular.
Why did the deal fall apart?
According to Variety and other Hollywood commercial newspapers, the Sony / Disney deal expired after Far From Home and it was Time to renegotiate. With Homecoming and Far From Home Disney scored 5 percent of gross box office revenue plus merchandising revenue and Sony the remainder.
Disney wanted to increase its stake to 50 percent, effectively making it Got control. Sony definitely did not say that. Bring the turmoil.
Generally the fans said: "Ack! Only Disney and Kevin Feige are able to shoot successful Spider-Man movies! You must be involved or the character is ruined again!
This does not take into account that Sony has made Venom and Spider-Man: In The Spider Verse without one input from Disney. Both were hits, with Spider-Verse winning an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
Sony will not give it all up. Kevin Feige or no Kevin Feige, no sensible studio would want to give up so much control over their most valuable property.
There Is Still Hope for Spidey in the MCU
As Forbes points out, the story is not necessarily over and writes that Sony and Disney "know that public opinion is important too. No studio wants to be known as the one that ruined Spidey after the fans finally got the in-universe version they've been wishing for decades.
This impasse may well be negotiating tactics to make Disney come back to the table A more acceptable offer for Sony.
A Tumblr user named Waluigi comments, "They're probably still negotiating, so Sony may make a deal, especially as idiots everywhere curse (Sony) not letting Disney get greedy (which Disney wants)).
If the bad thing gets worse and the partnership ends here, it's not the end of the world. Disney has more than proven that it can make good films without Spider-Man, and Sony seems to be on its own good path with Venom and Spider verses.
Nevertheless, Forbes notes, "Both sides are better together. Spider-Man is an integral part of the Marvel universe and brand identity. With the right creative team, he can survive as a single object, but his five-movie run in the MCU has shown he benefits from and complements a larger pantheon. "