Breaking down the civil war between Sony and Marvel
Does Spider-Man really belong in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)? Does he belong to Sony who rightfully bought the rights to the character in 1999?
After ending Phase Three with “Avengers: Endgame,” Disney continued onto Phase Four plans, which did not include the original Avengers. As a notable survivor of “Avengers: Endgame,” Peter Parker was in a prime position to take over the leadership roles that were left vacant by Captain America and Iron Man. However, due to recent battles over contractual terms, Spider-Man will no longer feature in any future Marvel films. This spells an end to the anticipated story arc of Peter Parker.
In 2015, Sony allowed Disney to use Spider-Man in five films: “Captain America: Civil War,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Avengers: End Game” and “Spider-Man: Far from Home.” In August 2019, the two companies failed to agree new terms, and their contract was ultimately terminated. Although Sony wanted to continue its previous arrangement in which Disney would receive only five percent of gross box office revenue, Disney demanded half of the profits.
The inability to reach a compromise between the two companies spells a tragic end to the well-laid plans of Disney. The widespread popularity of the rebooted Spider-Man, driven by the charismatic performance of Tom Holland, seemed to revamp what once was a hackneyed franchise and create a sense of security for Disney. We may never know what drove these corporate decisions, but we do know this: ultimately, these two media entities are selfishly prioritizing profit over the responsibility of respecting a widely adored story and its importance to its committed fan base.
By Philbert Loekman, Arts editor
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