After yesterday’s news of the split between Marvel Studios and Sony over the sharing of ‘Spider-Man,’ there were many fans, (including yours truly) who were very disappointed, especially when hearing that a lot of it came down to money and Sony seeming to not appreciate what Marvel brought to the table, at least not enough to pay them a fair share of the profits.
From the beginning, Disney/ Marvel had taken a smaller cut just for the opportunity to use their flagship character in the MCU and had allowed Sony to reap most of the profits just so Peter Parker/ Spider-Man could appear alongside Iron-Man and Captain America and the other MCU favorites. And now that Marvel is finally asking for their fair share, after re-invigorating the character after Sony had tried and tried for so many years to reboot and rework the franchise, Sony shoots them down and walks away, thinking they have it all figured it out now.
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And to add insult to injury, according to a Sony spokesman attempting to spin recent events to make the studio look better, Sony is placing much of the blame for the split on Kevin Feige’s inability to handle producing more ‘Spider-Man’ films now that Marvel is also working on ‘X-Men’ and ‘Fantastic Four’ movies. In her words:
“Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live-action Spider-Man film…We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him — including all their newly added Marvel properties — do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own. Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.”
She says nothing of the fact that Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios elevated the Spider-Man movies into the billion-dollar franchise it is now and neglects to mention that the real reason for the divorce is how Disney and Sony could not agree on a profit split, with Disney wanting 50% now that the films are making so much in the box-office. Instead, she is focusing on something to try to make it look like this is all Marvel/Disney’s fault because Sony is literally doing damage control right now after seeing the massive fan backlash after yesterday’s news.
Hopefully, they come to their senses and work out some kind of deal with Marvel because I have little faith in their ability to do another live-action ‘Spider-Man’ franchise successfully, and I really do not want to see the “third Spider-Man film curse” rear its head a third time for old Spidey.
But hey, these are just my musings on what happened between Sony and Marvel. Feel free to share your own thoughts and opinions on the matter in the comments below.