How Does the Marvel & Sony Deal for Spider-Man Actually Work?
Many fans thought it would take a miracle in order for Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios to come to some sort of agreement that would allow Spider-Man to enter the Marvel cinematic universe where The Avengers reside. Others though it would take a hefty some of money. It turns out that they're both wrong. In fact, Variety reports the deal between Marvel and Sony isn't all that complicated, and it actually didn't cost anything at all. That's right, the cost of getting Spider-Man into the big screen world of Marvel Studios didn't cost any money. Instead, Sony and Marvel both realized this was a mutually beneficial deal. Read on!
Marvel Studios paid nothing for the rights to have Spider-Man appear in Captain America: Civil War or any of their other productions coming down the road. But at the same time, Marvel Studios also won't receive a cut of the box office for any of the films that Sony Pictures will make featuring the webslinger (though they do get a payment for certain box office milestones the Spidey films may cross). And in a similar capacity, Sony also won't take any of the revenue that Disney makes from any of the Marvel Studios films that utilize Spider-Man. These two corporations just decided to play nice and share Spider-Man.
But don't think that they're doing this just to make fans happy, because they're really doing this knowing it'll make each of them a shitload of money. However, one person who won't make money from his actual job on the Spider-Man films is Kevin Feige. In an earlier version of Variety's story, the trade mentioned, "Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige also won’t receive payment for his role in helping revive Sony’s Spider-Man franchise, according to sources." However, that line no longer appears in the story, so it's not clear if that's actually true, or if Marvel and Sony decided they didn't want that tidbit out in the open.
Finally, as for the future of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, the trade confirms that the primary franchise is dead in the water, and The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been canceled. However, they have confirmed that the spin-offs focusing on Sinister Six (which we heard would be delayed), Venom and some female characters from the Spider-Man universe are still in play, but it's just a matter of how they're approached after Spider-Man is rebooted yet again on July 28th, 2017. While Kevin Feige will produce the Spider-Man films for Sony, he isn't expected to work on the spin-offs, so it'll be interesting to see how that works. It's an exciting time to be a Spider-Man fan again, so stay tuned for more details.