It’s a sad couple of days for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Yesterday, the news came out that talks on extending the deal between Sony and Marvel (owned by Disney) for continued use of the character in the MCU fell apart over money. Despite some outlets remaining hopeful that things could change, Sony has released a statement over the, for lack of a better term, divorce.
Obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the statement thanks Marvel Preisdent Kevin Feige for his help in the franchise and laid the blame right at Disney’s feet.
“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.”
The statement continues, saying that Feige may just have too much on his plate with the upcoming Disney+ series and the addition of the characters owned by 21st Century Fox to the Marvel catalogue.
Even so, the statement does offer a small glimmer of hope. If Disney can put on their Big Boy Pants and talk things out, of course.
“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.”
Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland, first debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016 with Captain America: Civil War. Holland’s performance was well-received and has reprised the character in four other MCU films. The latest one, Spider-Man: Far From Home, became Sony’s highest grossing film, surpassing Skyfall and earning $1.109 billion at the box office.
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