In what could be the most shocking news of the week, Sony Picture and Marvel Studios have reportedly parted ways on the Spider-Man franchise.
According to a report from Deadline, Sony and Disney have been unable to reach an agreement on continuing their partnership. Reportedly Disney was looking for a 50/50 split going forward, but Sony wouldn’t even entertain the idea and walked away.
Both director Jon Watts and Tom Holland have agreements in place for two further films, but that will be done without Kevin Feige’s involvement, or Marvel Studios as a whole.
This is a surprising turn of events for the franchise with Spider-Man: Far From Home just becoming Sony Picture’s highest grossing film ever. You would think the studio wouldn’t want to upset the apple cart, but it seems that just isn’t to be.
One would also suspect this means we will see no further involvement from the likes of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and Spider-Man won’t be showing up in any further Marvel movies.
For now, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are offering no comment.
As business decisions go, this is one for the books. Yes, Marvel Studios may have wanted more money, but considering how it has turned this franchise’s fortunes around, you would think that Sony would see the benefit to keeping them around. The studio has multiple Spider-Man misfires to its name, and the biggest successes have come from working with Feige and Marvel Studios. Is it really wise to try to go it alone again?
Apparently Sony thinks so.
We’ll have to wait for official details to be released, but for now