Disney and Marvel Studios’ back-and-forth bout with Sony Pictures over Spider-Man has been one of many defining information tales of 2019. The scenario seemed drastic on the finish of summer time, as Disney and Sony had a really public falling out, that resulted within the sudden finish of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thankfully for followers, cooler heads prevailed, as Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Sony’s Amy Pascal managed to work out a deal that may enable Spider-Man to correctly finish his MCU saga. However, now comes a brand new rumor that states Disney desires to totally personal Spider-Man, and is keen to pay Sony $4 – $5 billion so as to make it occur!
As reported by Geekosity scooper Mikey Sutton (by way of Cheat Sheet):
“While rumors have circulated before the Sony-Disney dispute of such a purchase, it was mere speculation, especially the erroneous high number that was quoted. What I’m hearing is that Disney is looking to offer in the range of $4 to $5 billion for Spider-Man. But now the questions will be asked.”
That report led to YouTube scooper 3 Buck Theater weighing in, with the added info that Disney apparently desires to totally personal Spider-Man so as to set up him because the chief of The Avengers!
The hypothesis is that Marvel Studios desires Holland’s Spider-Man to guide a staff of youthful Avengers that rise as much as take the place of the previous staff. Meanwhile, Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel – who has been rumored to be a serious focus of MCU Phase 4 – will reportedly be positioned because the chief of A-Force, the all-female Avengers staff fist teased in Avengers: Endgame‘s climatic battle.
This is all simply rumor and hypothesis – however earlier than worrying about if it is occurring, it must be requested: ought to Disney purchase Spider-Man from Sony for that worth? And would Sony even promote?
MCU Phase Four is conspicuously introducing youthful heroes into the combo (Ms. Marvel, Kate Bishop / Hawkeye), and with rumors pointing to somebody like Nova additionally being launched to the MCU quickly, there may be positively a brand new section of the Avengers staff taking form, with inexperienced heroes that have to show themselves. By the top of his third MCU film, Holland’s Spider-Man will doubtless be in a way more mature section of his hero profession, and able to lead. Meanwhile, Brie Larson just lately hinted that the A-Force film conversations are happening, so we quickly have extra credit score to this rumor.
If there may be one potential hurdle to all this, it is only one looming query: What would Sony achieve from letting Spider-Man go?
Sony has simply damaged into a complete new income stream of Spider-Man motion pictures, with the field workplace success of Venom final yr, and the important acclaim of the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse animated movie. When the Disney/Sony break up occurred, Sony wasted no time pushing forward with its personal Spider-Man Universe plans, tapping Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, Planet of the Apes) to direct Venom 2, and confirming that Woody Harrelson’s Carnage will certainly be within the sequel. Early hypothesis was that Venom 2 would function a car for introducing Tom Holland’s Spider-Man to the Venom franchise, and that also looks like it is vitally doubtless the plan. When the Spider-Man MCU connection was reformed, the stipulation that Holland will be in each Marvel and Sony’s franchises on the identical time all however soft-confirmed Spider-Man’s Venom 2 look.
That’s all to say: proper now, Sony holds lots of playing cards. Spider-Man will nonetheless make large cash for them, and his Marvel connections will solely carry extra fan curiosity in Sony’s spinoff movies like Venom and Morbius. The latest announcement of a Madame Webb film appeared to point an entire new live-action Spider-Man multiverse being launched – not the sort of plans you make if you happen to’re contemplating promoting a high-value character. A Spider-Verse sequel is within the works, in addition to spinoffs of that franchise (like Spider-Ham‘s sequence) – so once more, Sony is barely increasingly more revenue from Spider-Man within the coming years. That makes this newest rumor considerably onerous to tackle face worth.
Of course, since there is no actual schedule hooked up to this rumor, it may arguably be a plan for down the road far sufficient for Sony to get its Spider-Man Universe cash first. Similarly, the particulars of the deal may give Disney possession over live-action Spider-Man, however depart the animated rights and/or supporting characters within the arms of Sony. Right now there’s merely simply an excessive amount of rumor, and never sufficient reality to go on.
Upcoming Marvel Studios tasks embodyBlack Widow on May 1, 2020, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in Fall 2020, The Eternals on November 6, 2020, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021, Loki in Spring 2021, WandaVision in Spring 2021, Doctor Strange within the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021, What If…? in Summer 2021, Hawkeye in Fall 2021, and Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021, and Black Panther 2 on May 6, 2022. Marvel Studios Disney+ sequence with out launch dates embody Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk.