Friendship is truly in the air folks. While it would be logical to assume that someone had to break out the check book to make that Sony/Marvel Spider-Man deal happen, the truth of the matter is that somehow, against all odds, everyone involved realized that sometimes cooperating creates a better situation for everyone.
According to a report from Variety, the total amount of money that will trade hands as a result of this deal comes down to a big, fat $0.
Apparently, neither studio will share the profits from the others’ movies. That means Sony won’t get a cut if Spidey ends up in Civil War, and Marvel won’t get a slice of any Spider-Man movies Sony makes after that. Additionally, despite helping to produce the upcoming 2017 Spider-Man movie, Marvel’s Kevin Feige won’t be getting paid a dime.
That’s pretty incredible.
Indeed. It seems that both sides finally realized that it’s in everyone’s best interest to get Spider-Man at least somewhat into the capable hands of Marvel. It took the pair half a decade or so to agree with what the fans have been saying all along, but they’ve finally come around to the fact that with Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, everyone’s going to benefit (especially us moviegoers).
I heard there will be a new Spider-Man, is that true?
Well the juiciest new detail from that Variety report is that Spider-Man will definitely be recast, and Marvel/Sony want someone a lot younger. The current plan is to send Peter Parker back to high-school, so we’ll probably be looking at an actor in his early 20s.
Got it, any update on those other Spider-Man movies?
Yup. Variety reports that Sony is still interested in the previously planned spin-off films, including Venom, Sinister Six, and that mysterious female-centric one.
The Amazing Spider-Man 3 though, has totally been canned. No surprise there.