About two weeks ago today, the world heard the worst news possible. Spider-Man is going to be taken out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and can no longer be in the Avengers movies. Dun dun dun.
Let’s start from the beginning. This last summer, Spider-Man: Far From Home made over a billion dollars in the box office worldwide. Disney and Sony were thrilled with the news that their most recent Marvel film made so much money for them. In the end, Disney got 5% of the profits from the box office and full license to merchandise Spider-Man and Sony got 95% of the profits from the box office. To say the least, Disney wanted more money.
So, Disney got to work and tried to make deals with Sony to split the profit 50/50, some other reports said that Disney wanted 25/75 of the profit. Sony said no to Disney’s offer, then broke off the Spider-Man deal with Sony. The superhero could no longer participate in Marvel movies and Sony had to make their own. The news spread like wildfire and fans were not happy.
With Disney and Sony splitting, there were some major concerns about Spider-Man’s future in the movies. He wouldn’t be able to fight with the Avengers ever again. He couldn’t be in charge of Tony Stark’s company anymore. He wouldn’t be able to team up with Shrui like the fan’s have always wanted. Worst of all, Happy Hogan and May Parker couldn’t be a couple due to being from two different companies.
About a couple of weeks ago, the Spider-Man actor (Tom Holland) made a comment about the controversy at D23 in California. “It’s been a crazy week, but I want you to know I am grateful to the bottom of my heart, and I love you 3000.” Before leaving D23, Holland stopped by the Entertainment Weekly’s studio backstage to answer some of their own questions they have for the movie star. “The future for Spider-Man will be different, but it will be equally as awesome and amazing, and we’ll find new ways to make it even cooler.” The very next day, Holland flew to Philadelphia to attend Keystone Comic Con. The fans there to see him were told not to ask him questions about Spider-Man at his panels, meet & greets, and photo ops.
Within the last couple of weeks, there has been no other news about Sony and Disney movie deal. The least we can do is support and love our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.