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How Does the Marvel & Sony Deal for Spider-Man Actually Work?

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February 10, 2015
Source: Variety

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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.

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  • redskulllives
    $$$$ Will make it all work. It be cool once the infinity war movie happens that some how thanos destroys the Marvel universe and all the spidermans from previous films make cameos and kick butt. Hahaha. Just a thought
  • peroxideburger
    I hope Fox is considering to share Fantastic Four too.
    • OfficialJab
      I'd prefer just Wolverine. Imagine him walking up in Avengers 3.
  • Kyle
    Excited for the first couple installments... just hope Sony doesn't oversaturate each summer with hastily-made subsequent Spider-Man flicks and spin offs. One thing Marvel has done well is to drag their feet with certain characters and tell stories when and where appropriate. They keep the fans satisfied and hungry at the same time.
  • wobbles9094
    If fox, sony and marvel were mart(and liked money) they'd ALL be working together to weave the various franchises together to make a single universe. Each franchise would benefit from every other, and would build interest in each studios' movies and be free advertising. Of course Marvel would have to essentially give up on the idea of rights ever reverting but if Fox was willing to make a Roger Corman Fantastic 4 to avoid that they better wake up and realize those franchises are never coming home again anyways. But even as things are, there is money to be made for everyone if they work together. Or they can keep sending out flops that hurt their bottom line. Not a hard choice. The inter-connective universe of the various characters is one of the things that is and always will be attractive to the people who spend money to watch these films. That's why EVERY franchise has had character or storyline teases. The thing is, if they don't work together those teases will always be limited by the franchise splits
  • DAVIDPD
    LOL. Just LOL. What's good for the goose...

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