Good news for MCU fans and bad news for Sony – Marvel has an evil plan to take Spiderman, Venom, and other Spiderman spin-off characters from Sony.
You read it right, rights to Spiderman, Venom, and all the Spiderman spin-off characters might be on their way back home from Sony to Marvel soon. There seems to be a plan in place, not necessarily based on goodwill, but on the need for survival of one studio, and the availability of extraordinary resources with another studio. What this might mean for MCU fans is that while the threat of Tom Holland’s ‘Spiderman’ being pulled off from MCU at any time will be dead, they might even get to see Venom and Morbius in MCU.
Sony Pictures might soon be forced to sell Spiderman and Venom to Marvel.
- Sony, Marvel, and the fate of Spiderman, Venom, and Morbius
- Sony to surrender all the ‘Spiderman’ properties?
- Sony’s upcoming ‘Spiderman’ spin-offs
Sony, Marvel, and the fate of Spiderman, Venom, and Morbius
As per some of the latest leaks, Sony is considering surrendering Spiderman, Venom, and Morbius to Marvel in case things don’t go as planned.
It was in 1998 when Marvel sold the movie rights of ‘Spiderman’ to Sony, in the effects of the financial crisis Marvel was suffering then. Tables turned when Sony was failing at keeping the spirit of ‘Spiderman’ alive through the movie.
Following the disaster of ‘The Amazing Spiderman 2‘, Marvel convinced Sony in sharing ‘Spiderman’ with them. A deal finalized in 2015 allowed Marvel to reboot ‘Spiderman’ and invite him to MCU.
There were a few ifs and buts related to the deal in 2019, following the immense success ‘Spiderman’ achieved in MCU. However, both the studios worked it out for the best of all.
But seems like the fates of studios have performed a flip, as now Sony is in a similar situation with respect to ‘Spiderman’ as Marvel was when it initially sold it to Sony.
Sony to surrender all the ‘Spiderman’ properties?
Sony’s plan to sell Spiderman, Venom, and Morbius is dependent on the success of ‘Spiderman’ spin-offs that are currently awaiting release. Also, the success or failure of MCU’s ‘Spiderman 3’ will affect the rumoured decision in line at Sony’s head office in Tokyo.
As per insider Danial Richtman’s latest claims, if upcoming Marvel associated movies of Sony fails to bring in some cash to the studio, Sony Pictures might be ordered by the Sony head-office to sell ‘Spiderman’ and the spin-off character rights to Marvel as a cost-cutting measure.
As reported by “We Got This Covered”, the Tipster says:
“If Morbius, Venom 2, and the other upcoming Spidey spinoffs fail to perform, Sony Japan will force Sony Pictures to sell Spidey back to Marvel because they’ll need the money.”
The recently published value of Sony was $45 Billion. The movie division earned a profit of $628 million last year. Considering that, the studio is not going to run out of cash any time soon, and there seems to be no way they’ll decide to give up on their most valuable asset i.e. ‘Spiderman’, in the right mind.
But Marvel will leave no chance to grab this opportunity if it sees even the slightest possibility. Given that Disney is now Marvel’s caretaker, the studio can always put a price on anything it sees for sale.
Sony’s upcoming ‘Spiderman’ spin-offs
While Sony Pictures’ current financial situation seems to be of no fuss, if in case all the ‘Spiderman’ spin-offs fail, then the situation might become critical. Superhero movies, or say super-villain movies, eat a lot of cash in production and pose a high risk of losses if they fail to attract an audience.
Sony has invested in at least 4 Marvel super-hero/villain-based movies this year. Because all the movies share the same stage, fanbase, and persona, there’s a possibility that they can either all prove to be a hit-streak or a miss-streak for Sony.
Sony is awaiting the release of ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ on 25 June 2021. It stars Tom Hardy in the lead. It’s a sequel to ‘Venom’ which kicked off Sony’s villain universe in 2018 and failed miserably at the box-office. Thus, it’s already under a lot of pressure.
Another in the line from the villain universe is Morbius, awaiting a release on 19 March 2021. Sony’s safest bet this year is possibly MCU’s untitled ‘Spiderman 3’.
Given the scenario, the fate of ‘Spiderman’ at Sony depends heavily on how the villain universe performs. Or else we bet Marvel must be already planning a hunt on Spider-man, Venom, and other properties if Sony losses the grip. What do you think? Is Spider-man better off with Marvel, or it should stay with Sony only? Comment your thoughts in the box below.