Marvel Cinematic Universe fans have gone through a tough week. We have learned that due to Sony and Disney’s inability to reach an agreement over the Spider-Man films, it doesn’t look like Tom Holland’s Peter Parker will be allowed to return to the MCU. A recent report from The Washington Post suggests it’s Disney that is determined to walk away.
“Made a lot of sense in 2015…”
The article points out that the Disney/Sony partnership “made a lot of sense in 2015,” but that “a lot has changed since the deal was struck.” For example, streaming services such as Netflix and Apple have “entered Hollywood,” meaning “traditional firms have felt they had to get bigger and stronger.”
Disney chose to walk away
“If Disney was to become the behemoth it aspires to be, it needed not only to make the [Spider-Man] movie but to become a full partner in it. If it was to let [Kevin] Feige run the show, it had to make sure it owned the house,” The Washington Post explains. “But Sony wasn’t having that. And thus Disney faced a quandary: Should it let Feige keep guiding the movies despite unfavourable financial terms? Should it keep its subject close, not allowing a studio in a far corner of its empire to go off and do what it would with an important property? Or should it walk away, letting the far-flung corners of its kingdom do as they please and live off the licensing fee? Disney chose the latter. It opted, uncharacteristically, to give up control, believing the movies weren’t worth their effort for minimal return — and gambling the films may not succeed as much without them anyway.”
What Sony has to say about this
The Sony statement claims they “understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him — including all their newly added Marvel properties — do not allow time for him to work on IP [intellectual property] they do not own.”
“Disney, though, seems determined to walk away,” The Washington Post adds
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