Official news: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has won the Best Animated Feature at the 91st Academy Awards!
Congrats to Bob Persichetti, Rodney Rothman, Peter Ramsey, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller for taking home the prize! This is also the first nomination and first win for each creator (in 2015, some of them were infamously snubbed back for The LEGO Movie, however).
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse eventually beat out Incredibles 2 (Brad Bird, John Walker, and Nicole Paradis Grindle), Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson, and Scott Rudin), Mirai (Mamoru Hosoda and Yūichirō Saitō), and Ralph Breaks the Internet (Rich Moore, Clark Spencer, and Phil Johnston).
Into the Spider-Verse becomes the first Spider-Man film to win an Oscar since Spider-Man 2 took home the Best Visual Effects award back in 2005. Moreover, this is the first win and second nomination of Sony Animation. They previously were nominated in 2007 for Surf’s Up, but lost to Pixar’s Ratatouille.
Before the Into the Spider-Verse’s release last year, many fans thought Incredibles 2 was a lock. However, Spider-Verse came sweeping in and shocked audiences with its innovative storytelling. While the Incredibles sequel continued to make way more money ($1,242,774,080 worldwide compared to Into the Spider-Verse’s $359,057,802), the Spidey flick eventually has been dominating this Awards Season.
In addition to the Oscar-winner, Spider-Verse won the Best Animated Feature at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Producer’s Guild Awards, and the BAFTAs. Moreover, the film managed to score seven Annie Awards. That includes the Best Animated Feature, Best Character Design, Best Character Animation, Best Directing, Best Writing, Best Production Design, and Best Editorial.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse becomes the highest rated Spidey film in history.
The movie did earn a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, which made it one of the highest rated movies of 2018. Meanwhile, Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) scored 92%, Spider-Man (2002) has a 90%. Spider-Man 2 (2004) an 83%, and Spider-Man 3 (2007) follows at 63%. To round out its numbers, The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) score a 72% and 51%, respectively.
While Spider-Verse is based on a Marvel iconic character, this film is not a part of the MCU. However, Marvel Studios is having their own successful Awards Season, including Avengers: Infinity War for its Best Visual Effects and recent Black Panther with seven nominations and the Oscar-winner as well.
Once again, congrats to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, alongside the crew behind the film – Bob Persichetti, Rodney Rothman, Peter Ramsey, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller – for the Oscars 2019 win!
In the meantime, you can view the calendar marks for Marvel films heading in 2019.
And you can also watch several cameos in this animated film once again – in memory of Stan Lee, the creator behind the Spidey iconic character. Excelsior!
Spider-Man Officially Comes Back to Marvel for the Third Movie!
Ever since the news first broke that Sony Pictures decided to move on with the Spider-Man franchise without the involvement of Disney and Marvel Studios, rumblings and rumors have persisted while fans were super thrilled to know whether the studios would ever be able to reach a new agreement, bringing back Spider-Man to Marvel’s home. Eventually, after weeks of negotiations over his future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, now it looks like our friendly neighborhood officially returns for one more adventure!
According to Deadline, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have agreed to make one final movie that will finish the trilogy that began with 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, effectively ending the intro trilogy of the Wall-Crawler with the MCU. The reports said the main cast from the first two movies is expected to return for this third and final Spidey film. That includes Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Zendaya as MJ, Jacob Batalon as Ned, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. Co-produced by Sony’s Amy Pascal and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, the final movie will be directed by Jon Watts.
As part of the deal, the third Spider-Man movie starring Tom Holland will not be the last adventure in the MCU, though which one was not unveiled. Kevin Feige said in a statement:
“I’m thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue. I and all of us at Marvel are very excited that we’ll get to keep working on it. Spider-Man is such a powerful icon and a hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spider-Verse, you’ll never know what surprises the future might hold.”
As for the other future MCU film which Spider-Man will actually appear in, it is likely to be some kind of team-up since that is what he previously showed up in for Marvel. Whether it could be Avengers 5 or a crossover with Venom, though, remains to be seen. For now, it means that the new deal of Sony and Disney allows the filmmakers to follow up the cliffhanger ending of Far From Home in the manner they originally intended. We will get to see what happens with Peter Parker after his secret identity was outed by J. Jonah Jameson.
“This is terrific,” Amy Pascal stated. “Peter Parker’s story took a dramatic turn in Far From Home, and I couldn’t be happier that we’ll all be working together as we see where his journey goes. This has also been a winning partnership for the studio, the franchise, and the fans and I am overjoyed it’ll continue.”
So now, fans can rest assured that Spidey will stay in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, at least for the time being. Sony and Marvel Studios set the film to hit theaters on July 16, 2021.
Check out some reactions below.
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) September 27, 2019
— Spider-Man: Far From Home (@SpiderManMovie) September 27, 2019
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— Juicy (@JuicyMeatSlab) September 27, 2019
X-Men and Spider-Man: The Classic ‘90s Animated Series on Disney+ at Launch
With the launch of Disney+ just around the corner, the upcoming streaming service has provided us a few updates on what we can expect in terms of content. Fan-favorite Marvel Comics animated series from the ‘90s will be part of the initial offering for Disney+.
The Marvel classics will include animated series such as X-Men (1992), Spider-Man (1994), Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends (1994), Spider-Man (1981), Spider-Woman (1979), Iron Man (1994), Fantastic Four (1994), Spider-Man Unlimited, Incredible Hulk, and Silver Surfer.
The Disney+ will also launch with new and old movies and TV series from Marvel, Star Wars, and other Disney imprints as well as their animated classics. The Marvel and Star Wars shows will be part of the canonical and shared cinematic universes inhabited by both brands and their catalog of characters. This news comes from a Twitter account dedicated to Disney+ updates.
Disney+ will have classic Marvel animated series like X-Men ‘92, Spider-Man ‘94, Spider-Woman ‘79, Spider-Man ‘81, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, Iron Man ‘94, Fantastic Four ‘94, Incredible Hulk, Silver Surfer, and Spider-Man Unlimited. pic.twitter.com/Yzj3DiZtwg
— Disney+ Updates (@moredisneyplus) September 12, 2019
Furthermore, it seems that Disney+ will be taking the Disney Afternoon into the digital frontier, as the streaming service announced an “ideal afternoon schedule” which suggests that they’ll be making several popular kids’ shows from generations past available on their platform. According to the tweet below, other classics like DuckTales, TaleSpin, Chip N’ Dale Rescue Rangers, Gargoyles, and Darkwing Duck will also be part of the upcoming lineup streaming exclusively on Disney+. While DuckTales has been revived in a new form and even has a “classic” art style, the rest of the series have not.
Us: OUR IDEAL AFTERNOON SCHEDULE IS
3:00 pm – DuckTales
3:30 pm – Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers
4:00 pm – TaleSpin
4:30 pm – Darkwing Duck pic.twitter.com/hpSIGD9bVQ
— Disney+ (@disneyplus) September 10, 2019
The hit ‘80s and ‘90s series can be streamed – even if you pay to buy or rent them – on Amazon Prime or some other platforms, but will not stream free anywhere as far as we can tell. Darkwing Duck doesn’t appear to be streaming even if you pay for it. For years, fans could not get their hands on decent-quality copies of the shows in questions, with DVD releases coming fairly late to the game. A number of older series that the House of Mouse has in their vaults, such as the original Muppet Babies and House at Pooh Corner, are still unavailable at all.
Disney+ kicks off on November 12 this year. The service will cost $6.99 per month (or $69.99 per year).
Sony Says “Door is Closed” on Spider-Man in the MCU
Spidey fans hoping to see the friendly neighborhood return to the MCU after Sony and Marvel Studios split are out of luck now. It looks like they will have to wait a little longer. Maybe a lot longer. Recently, Sony Pictures has spoken out about this subject, showing no signs of intention in taking back their collaboration with Disney any further, at least for now.
At Variety’s Entertainment & Technology summit, Sony Pictures CEO Tony Vinciquerra opened up about the future of Spider-Man in the MCU, saying: “For the moment the door is closed.”
Rather, Sony will push forward with their own cinematic universe focused largely on Spider-Man characters. The initial deal allowed Spider-Man to appear in Marvel Studios films to co-exist with the Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But now it was expired following the success of Spider-Man: Far From Home and the fact that Marvel’s parent company Disney wanted a considerable lift in their cut of the box office revenue for Spidey movies. However, Sony essentially did not agree.
Tony Vinciquerra said there was “no ill will” between Sony and Marvel. That could be a good sign for a potential conversation in the future, and cryptically said, “It is a long life,” in regards to the subject.
“We had a great run with [Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige] on Spider-Man movies,” said Vinciquerra. “We tried to see if there is a way to work it out … the Marvel people are terrific. We have great respect for them; on the other hand, we have some pretty terrific people of our own. Feige did not do all the work.”
Still, Sony Pictures has no plans to slow down with their efforts on Spider-Man. Furthermore, according to the chairman, a Venom sequel is now on the way, along with “fix of six” shows based on the Spidey world. By the sound of it, the studio might just be adding Spider-Man to the world of Venom or other titles like Morbius. He also pointed to the massive success of the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, as a proof that the studio is capable of going it solo in this superhero genre.
“Spider-Man was fine before the event movies. He did better with the event movies, and now we have our own universe. He’ll play off the other characters as well,” said Tony Vinciquerra. “I think we are pretty capable of doing what we have to do here.”
So at this point, the Spider-Man future seems only undetermined from the perspective of fans who have been still hoping to see him return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Meanwhile, Sony and Disney have both been firm on their stance of not collaborating going forward or so. Unless something changes, this could be the way the movies will go now.
Can Kevin Feige pull off another miracle? We have to wait and hope for it. Share your thoughts with us!
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” Extended Cut Trailer Reveals New Footage
This weekend, an extended cut of Spider-Man: Far From Home will be arriving in theaters, and now a new trailer offers a glimpse of some new footage that fans can expect to see. Far From Home is the second Marvel film this year to get a theatrical return with unseen content, after the re-release of Avengers: Endgame, including a tribute to Stan Lee, an unfinished scene with the Hulk, and a sneak peek at Spider-Man: Far From Home.
While Avengers: Endgame re-release included six extra minutes of footage, the extended cut of Spider-Man: Far From Home has just four additional minutes. However, unlike Endgame, this extended cut of Far From Home will feature its new footage in the movie itself rather than after-credits, and the VFX is therefore complete (except for the Hulk scene).
The new trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home’s extended cut invites fans to celebrate the Labor Day weekend by checking out this (slightly) longer version of the flick. Some of the scenes in the promo are from the theatrical cut of Far From Home, but there are a few notable additions as well. One is an action sequence that is actually featured in the original trailers for Far From Home but did not make it into the initial theatrical cut. In this scene, Spider-Man takes on a group of bad guys in N.Y.C, and then he exchanges banter with the cops before declaring that he is going on vacation. And in the second one, Peter Parker is apparently using his Spider-Drone to get up to no good at school. And the final scene has Spidey pay a visit to deli owner Mr. Delmar, whose store was unfortunately blown up in Homecoming.
— Spider-Man: Far From Home (@SpiderManMovie) August 29, 2019
Many fans have been less than enthusiastic about Far From Home’s extended cut, pointing to the fact that four extra minutes is not really worth the price of seeing the movie again. Others have even responded by declaring they will not go back and watch the film while the future of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is uncertain. The fandom is still reeling from the sad news that Marvel Studios will not be producing Spidey films anymore, after efforts between Sony and Disney to renegotiate their shared custody of the character fell apart.
If this is any indication of how Sony movies will do now that they have pulled out of the deal with Disney, I think Disney fans won't have to worry about much. A whopping FOUR seats have been sold for the re-release of Far From Home at my theater: pic.twitter.com/IqJSMghlDl
— Thanos (@FightOnTwist) August 29, 2019
If you miss the extended cut of Spider-Man: Far From Home in theaters, you can still see those deleted scenes into the Blu-ray release, which arrives on October 1, including more than an hour of special features. You can also purchase the Digital HD copy of the movie from September 17.
Jeff Goldblum Reacting to Spider-Man Leaving MCU Has Become a Meme
Jeff Goldblum is best known for his wildly expressive mannerisms and wholly unique way of speaking, something that made him one of the many highlights of Thor: Ragnarok. In the movie, he brought the Grandmaster to life, but as fans know, Goldblum can be just as entertaining outside of his films, and they now got a new example of that in action at Hall D23.
During the press line, Jeff Goldblum spoke to Variety about the current split between Sony and Disney, which would take Spider-Man actor Tom Holland out of the MCU until they can work out some sort of deal. And let’s just say that he had the best response ever.
— Variety (@Variety) August 23, 2019
Of course, the best part is watching Goldblum react to the news, as his bewildered expression while the interviewer explains what’s going on is just priceless. His response was surreal, but also quintessential Jeff Goldblum. Now his reaction has gone viral, turning into the internet’s new favorite meme.
You can also see some of the funniest ones below.
*jeff goldblum knowing nothing about the spiderman sksksksituation* pic.twitter.com/tiimTGG3xV
— ???? (@avengermemes) August 26, 2019
Me finding out that my rich husband has died of mysterious circumstances pic.twitter.com/SVtDLPEP0s
— trailer-park-hippie (@Gammaraygams) August 25, 2019
Me to my parents when they ask how I’m gonna get my next freelance job pic.twitter.com/mVyFCKAH2X
— Steven Kavuma (@_StevenKavuma) August 25, 2019
When someone tells me some tea and I have to pretend that I wasn’t the one who spilled it in the first place! pic.twitter.com/1lqPZyRDhk
— Kalen Allen (@TheKalenAllen) August 24, 2019
me pretending my email + assignment never sent to my professor after they confront me about missing work pic.twitter.com/T0PjBC0pWo
— ????Abbey???? (@feygoblin) August 26, 2019
Me pretending to hear news for the first time that people have been gossiping about for days pic.twitter.com/7eE3TrL9N3
— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) August 24, 2019
interviewer: spider-man’s not in the mcu anymore!
jeff: sksksksksksks pic.twitter.com/hWVAw2CfpM
— king valkyrie ???? 49 (@valkyriethot) August 24, 2019
As we can see, the memes keep on coming, and we can’t get enough of them. Jeff Goldblum is too good for us.
Tom Holland Confirms He Will Continue Playing Spider-Man After Marvel Split
After days of speculation and fan campaigns on social media, Spider-Man actor Tom Holland has finally opened up about the acrimonious split between Sony Pictures and Disney that has taken the Wall-Crawler out of the MCU. While fans might still hope for good news, Tom Holland seems to have come to terms with this new era ahead of his character.
Recently, during an appearance on stage for the new Pixar animated film Onward, Tom Holland addressed about his future following the franchise’s first billion-dollar movie with Spider-Man: Far From Home. The actor confirmed that he would continue playing Peter Parker for the foreseeable future.
“Basically, we have made five great movies,” Tom Holland told Entertainment Weekly. “It has been five amazing years. I have had the time of my life. Who knows what the future holds? But all I know is that I am going to continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of my life. It is going to be so fun; however, we choose to do it. The future of Spider-Man will be different, but it’ll be equally as awesome and amazing. We will find new ways to make it even cooler.”
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) August 24, 2019
Granted, Tom Holland only has so much to say in his future as Spider-Man on the big screen, given his contract with Sony for at least one more standalone movie – until Sony decides that they want a fresh start if they go that route. The studio has made it clear they have many different tools at their disposal to explore the world. And the two previous film series have proven that Spider-Man can survive in his own bubble.
Tom Holland also gave reassurances to the massive audience in Hall D23 in a prior presentation, stating: “It has been a crazy week, but I want you all to know from the bottom of my heart that I love you 3000.”
On the other hand, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige delivered a much more definitive-sounding breakup note in a subsequent interview.
“I am feeling about Spider-Man gratitude and joy,” he said. “We got to make five movies within the MCU with Spider-Man: two standalone films and three with the Avengers. It was a dream that I’ve never thought it would happen. And it was never meant to last forever. We also knew there was a finite amount of time that we would be able to do this. We told the story that we wanted to tell. I will always be thankful for that.”
There has been a lot of speculation about whether Tom Holland’s character could appear in Sony’s other Spidey spinoffs because of the agreement with Marvel Studios, especially when it came to Venom. Back when Homecoming hit theaters, the actor expressed doubt that his character would over mix it up with Tom Hardy’s symbiote superhero.
“Sadly, I think that’s true,” said Holland. “From my understanding, I think that’s the case. You know, I would love to make a movie with Tom Hardy. And if we ever got a chance to make a Venom movie together, so that would be super cool. But hmmm, his movie would have to take place in the MCU because I am not giving up that ticket.”
It seems that the way has been paved for an on-screen crossover of these two characters. We have to wait to see if Sony sheds some light on how they plan to proceed after the breakout of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Sony Confirms Spider-Man Story Will Continue Without Marvel Studios
In the hours-or-so after the news broke that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures had severed their ties and would no longer be producing Spider-Man films together, Sony has confirmed the reports, placing the blame on Disney for cutting the relationship and presumably trying to control some of the public relations (and financial) damage that has been done. The Internet got worked into a frenzy over the initial reports. More details are hitting the public over how and why Peter Parker will be getting booted from the MCU after the billion-dollar success of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Sony did confirm that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige would no longer serve as the lead producer on the franchise – even though that verbiage sounds pretty specific and could suggest he’ll have a minor advisory role, as Kevin Feige reportedly has had on no-MCU projects like Venom.
In a statement, Sony said they were disappointed, but still tried to emphasize that the nature of this breakup has been mischaracterized in previous reports.
“Much of today news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin’s involvement in the franchise. We’re disappointed. But we respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live-action Spider-Man film,” a Sony spokesperson told THR. “We hope this might change in the future. But we understand that many new responsibilities that Disney has given to him – including all the newly added Marvel properties – do not allow time for him to work on IP they don’t own. Kevin Feige is terrific. We’re grateful for his help and guidance, and we appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we’ll continue.”
The saga between Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures, and the Walt Disney Company regarding the haggling over Spider-Man continues to get stranger and stranger, leaving so many unanswered questions. Recently, according to some insiders in a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Sony has apparently bolstered their confidence and approach established by Kevin Feige. Now that they have had two hits under their belt with the Venom spinoff as well as the animated award-winning picture Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the prevailing thought around the studio is that they do not need Marvel Studios anymore.
“[Tom Rothman, Sony film chief] is thinking ‘Okay, we have learned everything we need from Kevin’s playbook. We did Venom on our own, and we did Spider-Verse,’” one Sony insider said in the report.
The result is shaping up to be a messy divorce between the two companies that once had a prosperous working relationship and benefitted from multipole billion-dollar grossing movies. While the House of Mouse has a lot riding on the possibility of keeping Spidey in the MCU, some analytics seems to think that the implications are much more drastic for Sony.
“The economic terms for that franchise seem to have gotten more complicated – partly reflecting Disney’s shifting priorities since the Fox acquisition,” clarified Wall Street analyst Tuna Amobi, of CFRA Research. “From an economical and creative standpoint, I’d think the development probably has more implications either way for Sony.”
Box Office analyst Shawn Robbins then echoed her sentiments, stating that the cards are stacked against Sony. And now that they will have the added pressure of making a Spider-Man film OUTSIDE of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“If the two sides do not come to a compromise, it is a lose-lose for everybody,” Robbins said. “Marvel will not be able to resolve the cliffhanger in future films, which is saying something when it is their most popular hero. And for Sony, who has had success, Far From Home does not get to a billion dollars without Kevin Feige and Marvel’s involvement.”
While initial reports indicated that Sony has Tom Holland and director Jon Watts locked down for two more films, that might not be the case. Reports said while Tom Holland only has an option for one more flick, Jon Watts’ two film obligation has finished, and now he can move on.
Now that Sony and Disney have officially fallen out over the rights and profits to Spidey in the movies. Needless to say, the reactions of outrage from Marvel fans have been explosive. And now, it looks like Marvel Studios could no longer be welcoming Sony’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man inside the gated walls of the MCU.
Stan Lee’s Daughter Sides with Sony over Spider-Man Dispute with Disney
Tensions now continue to boil over the fractured Spider-Man deal between Sony Pictures and Walt Disney Studios. Recently, Stan Lee’s daughter has offered a comment on the ordeal. Well, it might come as a surprise to some. In one chat with TMZ, not only did Joan Celia Lee seem to agree with Sony in the dispute, but she also went on to take executives from both Marvel and Disney over the coals and over the treatment of her late father.
Seeming to speak about her anti-trust concerns, J.C. Lee expressed her desire to see her father’s creations “checked and balanced” while they continue being developed.
“Disney and Marvel seeking total control of my father’s creations must be checked and balanced by others who, while seeking to profit, still have genuine respect for Stan Lee and his legacy,” said the daughter.
The late legendary Marvel publisher was responsible for helping hundreds of characters for Marvel’s the House of Ideas including Spider-Man, the original X-Men, The Fantastic Four, and plenty of others. Last November, Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95. Despite Marvel Studios owning the intellectual property of Spidey outright, JC Lee expressed concerns over a lack of communication from Disney in the wake of her father’s passing.
“When my father died, no one from Disney or Marvel reached out to me. From day one, they’ve commoditized my father’s work and never shown him or his legacy any respect or decency,” she fumed, and that is when she dropped kind of the bombshell.
“In the end, no one could have ever treated my father worse than Marvel and Disney’s executives.”
This comes after Disney asking for 50/50 split profit related to Spider-Man, rather than the previous deal which saw them bag 5%. Though this seems a bit of bum deal from Sony’s perspective, the two franchises have managed to reach an agreement.
And most certainly, a peculiar choice of words as younger generations may only know the elder Stan Lee from his cameos within the Marvel Cinematic Universe – or any Marvel live-action property, for that matter.
So, what do you think about Stan Lee’s daughter speech? Let us know in the comments!
Director Jon Watts Reportedly Not Signed on For Future Spider-Man Films
Ever since news broke of Sony and Disney’s inability to reach an agreement on the Spider-Man movies yesterday, fans have been leaning on the one piece of good news: actor Tom Holland and director Jon Watts were still signed on for two more Spidey flicks. Even though they will not be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, at least Tom Holland’s Peter Parker would still be in good hands. Well, maybe not. Unfortunately, the news of the return of Jon Watts was premature. Deadline has since updated their report, clarifying that Jon Watts may NOT be a part of the franchise’s future.
“Sony is planning two more installments, though it’s an open question whether those will include Jon Watts, director of the first two movies guided creatively by [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige. Watts is not signed on for the next film and is not certain to be back as he’s being heavily courted for other jobs. Could Sony find itself vying against Marvel for Watts’ future services as a director?” Deadline writes.
The original report stated that Disney wants to co-finance and split the profits of any future Spider-Man movies that Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige were involved in. Sony balked at that proposal – later blamed Disney for the deal falling through – and reportedly are planning to make two more films starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker aka Spider-Man. At that time, it was also reported that Jon Watts would direct both installments.
And here is the latest statement from Sony:
“Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin’s involvement in the franchise. We’re disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live-action Spider-Man film,” a Sony spokesperson told THR. “We hope this might change in the future, but we understand that many new responsibilities that Disney has given to him – including all their newly added Marvel properties – do not allow time for him to work on IP they don’t own. Kevin Feige is terrific. We’re grateful for his help and guidance, and we appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we’ll continue.”
Even though Jon Watts is not signed on to direct Spider-Man 3 (much less Spider-Man 4), Tom Holland is reportedly under contract for the two sequels still. It was not long ago that the previous reports said Watts was directing these movies, so something could easily change – maybe even with a deal between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios still being worked out. At present, Sony has yet also to announce when Spider-Man 3 is coming or that it has writers attached. Figuring out whether or not the filmmaker will direct could take some time, especially if his decision rests on whether or not Sony and Disney/Marvel will find a compromise to extend the deal. However, as of right now, the director’s chair for Spider-Man 3 is wide open. And, if multiple studios are courting him for other projects, then there is no reason for Jon Watts to sign on when the status of the franchise has no many questions.
Would you like to see Jon Watts return to direct another Spidey flick? Stay tuned for new updates!
Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios End Spider-Man Deal
Breaking! A standoff between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures has ended Marvel Studios and president Kevin Feige’s involvement with the Spider-Man movie series, Deadline reports.
Marvel Studios has actually helped usher in the latest reboot of the film saga, with Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Reportedly there are two more movies in the works with Tom Holland and director Jon Watts. However, unless something changes in the near future, Kevin Feige will no longer take the creative lead on these movies as he did with the previous two features.
The report says this standoff was over a reworking of the deal that would see Disney get a 50/50 co-financing stake in the upcoming Spider-Man films. The news comes after Spider-Man: Far From Home, the second Spidey flick made with Marvel Studios, became Sony’s highest-grossing film of all time. Sony is even returning the movie to theaters with an additional four-minute action scene over the Labor Day weekend. It remains unclear what Kevin Feige’s departure means for the in-the-works Jon Watts/Tom Holland movies as well as their connections to the MCU.
According to the report, this deal would have given Disney its stake in the Spidey franchise while also bringing Sony’s extended universe of Spider-Man films such as Venom into the MCU proper. Unfortunately, Sony turned the offer down outright without so much as a counteroffer. It seems that Sony did not want to share what is its biggest movie franchise. Instead, they preferred to keep the current arrangement intact, which sees Disney receiving an approximate 5% of each Spider-Man movie’s first-dollar gross. Meanwhile, Kevin Feige reportedly would have been willing to stay onboard the Spider-Man franchise if the two companies could have come to terms at the end, but their fallout now makes that, at best, unlikely.
For the part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man is a big loss. The iconic character is arguably the biggest and most popular single hero in Marvel’s stable. On the other hand, Disney’s last purchase of 20th Century Fox drought home the movie rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four. That means there is plenty of intellectual property for the studio to work on outside of the Spider-Man series.
So, who do you think of this sudden turn for the Spidey movies franchise? Let us know in the comments!
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