After weeks of waiting for an official statement from Sony or Disney, we finally have word from the CEO of Sony Pictures, Tony Viniciquerra, that things are over.
Throughout this, I’m going to be breaking down the entire statement of what he said and what this means for the future of the character.
Now there were rumors that both companies were in talks with one another this week and this was backed up by Jon Favreau who at the Entertainment and Technology speech said that the split was not due to lack of trying on Disney’s part.
As of now, which is Friday the 6th of September we’ve had official word that quote, ‘for the moment the door is closed.‘
Sony Spider-man Statement
Vinciquerra spoke to Variety at the Entertainment and Technology Summit this week stating that there was no ill will between the companies but that as of now the two have failed to reach an agreement on how to finance and split the revenue of the character. Vinciquerra said that it’s been an interesting couple of weeks when asked about the backlash from fans and once again re-affirmed that the most recent negotiations between the two companies had a negative ending with both sides being unable to compromise on how the character and expenditures would be divided going forward.
He stated that the company had been trying to work with Disney and acknowledged that Kevin Feige was now stretched incredibly thin with all of the new announcements in Phase 4 and that this wouldn’t be beneficial to the company that wish to give Spider-man and the Spider-verse their full attention.
When discussing this Vinciquerras said:
“We had a great run with (Feige) on Spider-Man movies. We tried to see if there’s a way to work it out….the Marvel people are terrific people, we have great respect for them, but on the other hand, we have some pretty terrific people of our own. Kevin didn’t do all the work.”
He then went on to say that now that the character is fully back in their hands they plan to launch their own universe with the vast amount of Spider-man characters they had.
Tom Holland Comments On The Sony Spider-man Situation
Earlier this week in an interview with GQ, Tom Holland said that Spider-man is in great hands with Sony and also stated that he would love to feature on screen with Miles Morales at some point but whether this is live-action or in the animated universe remains to be seen.
Vinciquerra also went on to say:
“Spider-Man was fine before the event movies, did better with the event movies, and now that we have our own universe, he will play off the other characters as well, I think we’re pretty capable of doing what we have to do here.”
This kinda seems like a bit of a slap in the face to Disney and whilst he did say there’s no ill will between the two companies, I think this kind of undervalues a lot of what Disney did and it’s not just a copy and paste formula as many companies have tried to replicate the success of the MCU and every single one of them has failed.
Could Spider-man Return To The MCU?
Now going forward Jon Favreau followed up on his earlier comment by saying:
“I’ve been talking to everybody about it…I’m cautiously optimistic, I think it’s a long way away and I think the collaboration has been really strong up to this point so I’m hopeful that there’s a way for us all to play together going forward.”
Vinciquerra too hinted at this saying ‘it’s a long life’ suggesting that should projects not pan out with the webhead at the studio that there’s also the option to go back to Disney and try and find a common ground in which they can both use the wall-crawler.
Vinciquerra also shut down rumors the Disney could eventually buy Sony similar to how they did Fox by saying that the studio was not for sale and that’s pretty much the end of his statement.
Spider-man Out Of The MCU
Going forward this is a pretty bad blow to those who had hope, myself included, that Spider-man would remain in the MCU and whilst personally I don’t see how the character can just be up and cut off from the franchise as there are still things that happened in it that have molded him the way that he is, it appears that from now on the films will not be connected until both companies are willing to step back in the boardroom and try and come to an agreement.
It’s a real shame as Tom Holland has pretty much been the Schroedinger’s spider the last couple of weeks with there being a nonstop barrage of rumors and reports stating that he’s in or out of the MCU. The most recent report stated that Sony wished to bring Venom to the MCU but it looks like this was unacceptable for Disney who, as mentioned earlier are stretched incredibly thin for the foreseeable future. I do believe that the companies did try to renegotiate as it’s taken this long to release an official statement from a Sony head but it looks like even then that they were unable to find something that they could really agree on which is massively disappointing.
The one who gets hurt the most out of this is the fans but I can also see Sony suffering in the long run with their films probably not getting the full attention that they deserve because many people are threatening to boycott the movies.
I think that the MCU will continue to do fine but Spider-man, who is pretty much in everyone’s top 3 Marvel character’s will have a future that’s difficult to predict.
Obviously I’d love to hear your thoughts on the situation now and what you think will happen with the webhead going forward. Comment below and let me know!