When it was announced that Spider-Man was leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe due to a split between Sony and Disney, many fans were quick to pick one side over the other.
While Sony definitely had its share of supporters, it seemed as if the vast majority of MCU fans, naturally, wanted Tom Holland’s Peter Parker to stay under Disney’s control… even if Disney was making some pretty unreasonable financial demands of Sony.
And what these fans seem to forget is that Sony’s Spider-Man films really kicked off the current superhero movie craze with the Sam Raimi trilogy (along with the early X-Men movies). In fact, it could be argued that the Marvel Cinematic Universe wouldn’t even exist at all without Sony’s Spider-Man movies being such huge successes in the 2000s.
(Yeah, we’ll just gloss over the Amazing Spider-Man reboot for now.)
Paramount wanted some of that superhero money, and the MCU was born. Disney only swooped in when it was clear there were big bucks to be made off other Marvel properties.
That’s right. Disney didn’t even create the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Mind blown, right?
Original Raimi Spider-Man Screenwriter David Koepp Says It’s “Weird” for Fans to Want Spider-Man to Stay with Disney.
In a recent interview with Den of Geek, the screenwriter of the original Sam Raimi Spider-Man film, David Koepp, had some thoughts on the current situation with Sony and Disney.
Disney wants what it wants, and obviously it’s used to acquiring and controlling. But I understand Sony’s point of view better: ‘But wait, it’s ours. We own it. You can’t just have half of it. You can’t just take it.’ So it’s a tough situation. And I think certainly the last couple of Spider-Man movies have been terrific. But the animated film that they did without Disney’s involvement was, you know, even more terrific. What’s weird to me is those Marvel movie fans who are quick to spring to Disney’s defense like they’re a plucky underdog who needs to be defended.
Disney wants what they want, and they’re rapidly buying up the entertainment landscape. Hollywood is looking more and more like, well, Disneyland.
Now that they’ve acquired Fox (and with it, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four) I have to admit that there’s a bit of satisfaction in seeing them not be able to have that one Infinity Stone that would give them complete control over all of Marvel’s characters.
And yes. Into the Spider-Verse was a damn fine movie, and Venom did much, much better than anyone could have predicted.
Speaking of “weird,” Disney CEO Bob Iger stepped down from the Apple board of directors.
So Disney’s CEO Bob Iger stepped down from the Apple board of directors last week, due to a conflict of interest as Apple has announced its own streaming service which will compete directly with Disney Plus.
Iger would’ve known about Apple’s plans for a long time. But did he know about…
The rumor that Apple might buy Sony…
So there’s this. A potential opportunity for Disney to get the rights to Spider-Man back in a round about way.
It’s being rumored that Apple is gearing up for a major acquisition, and that acquisition might just be Sony.
It makes sense. Apple makes high end electronics, so does Sony. It would push Apple to the top of the video game market, and give them a ton of much-needed media for their Apple+ streaming service right out of the gate, as most other content is tied up with Disney, Warner and Universal — all of which have their own streaming apps on the way.
But what happens to Spider-Man if Apple buy Sony?
Well, the word is that if Sony sells to anyone, the Spider-Man film rights revert back to Marvel. Which Disney owns. And bam, Spider-Man is back in the MCU.
So, is this Iger’s own Endgame? Knowing that his friends over at Apple are going to make a play for Sony, and just biding his time?
It’s completely possible.
Forever the sidekick: Is Spider-Man better off sitting out Phase 4 of the MCU?
There’s word that Spider-Man might be better off sitting out the next phase of the MCU anyway. The rumor is that Peter Parker was being positioned to forever stay a teenaged sidekick — first with Tony Stark, and next with Captain Marvel.
Maybe Spider-Man is better off sitting out Phase 4. Honestly, maybe Spider-Man is better off staying out of the MCU entirely so he can be the superhero he was always intended to be.