Marvel Studios could possibly part ways with Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man franchise.
And according to reports, it all has to do with money.
Disney owns Marvel Studios which runs the current Marvel Cinematic Universe however the movie rights for the character of Spider-Man has long belonged to Sony Pictures.
In 2015, Sony entered into an agreement with Marvel Studios to share the Spider-Man character (played by Tom Holland) paving the way for his appearance in the MCU.
The subsequent success of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home” then complicated the finances.
Deadline was the first to report that Disney had asked for future Spider-Man films be a 50/50 co-financing arrangement between it and Sony.
This would have meant a 50/50 split in profits as well.
Sony however turned that offer down, instead proposing that the current arrangement be kept: Marvel receives in the range of 5% of first dollar gross.
Disney is said to have refused and then proceeded to remove Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios as producers of Sony’s future Spider-Man films.
This essentially means the webslinger could be kicked out of the MCU.
All is is not lost however.
Some reports claim negotiations between Disney and Sony about the character’s fate remain ongoing, including how much Sony’s Spider-Man movies could remain a part of the MCU.
Even if ties are cut, there have been assurances that the next Spider-Man movie starring Holland will continue.
In such a scenario, what will be interesting to see is how the filmmakers approach it without MCU elements.