Spider-Man is now back in the MCU after a lot of hoopla between Marvel and Sony. There’s a lot of speculation regarding what made Sony and Marvel patch up. It turns out that Spider-Man actor Tom Holland himself played a huge role in ushering in peace between the two movie producing giants. We are sure that his co-stars are glad for the intervention as well.
How Tom Holland Made Sony And Marvel Reconcile
According to reports from The Hollywood Reporter, Holland reached out to both Disney CEO Bob Iger and Sony Pictures Chairman Tom Rothman. In fact, he did it many times after the split back in August. It is being said that the actor began persuading both parties with more vigour after his emotional appearance at Disney’s D23 Expo. To convince them both he simply showed the strong outpouring of sadness from fans. He showed both the bosses just how huge the fan reactions were and sent them pictures of it. This atleast made the two parties meet again for a new deal. Now, the rest is history.
After the new deal was struck, Feige said:
“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it. Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”
“This is terrific… This has been a winning partnership for the studios, the franchise and the fans and I’m overjoyed it will continue.”
The Old Deal Vs The New Deal
The beginning deal between Sony and Marvel fell apart after Disney asked for all future Spider-Man projects to be a 50/50 co-financing arrangement between the studios. Sony declined this offer. They instead wanted to leave the current deal untouched. This meant that Marvel would receive an approximate 5% of first dollar gross while maintaining merchandising rights. This deal in turn was refused by Disney. Since this fallout, rumours have been swirling that a deal could still be reached.
We do know that under the new Spider-Man deal, Marvel will get roughly 25% of the profits from the third Spider-Man movie in the Homecoming series. Disney will also retain the merchandising rights. Moreover, under the agreement Spider-Man will also be able to appear in a future Marvel Cinematic Universe film.
With this new deal, at least Spider-Man will stay in the MCU for now. Maybe in the future, Sony and Marvel will figure out some new way to have Spider-Man in both their universes? after all, the possibilities are endless.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is now available on Blu-ray, Digital HD and 4K UHD. A third spider-Man movie in the Homecoming series is scheduled to be released on July 16, 2021.
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