Tom Holland's Spider-Man took the starring role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's most recent outing, "Spider-Man: Far From Home" Photo: AFP/File
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Marvel films to lose Spider-Man as Sony deal breaks down: reports

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By Chris Delmas

Marvel's superhero films could be left without their most famous character after talks to "share" Spider-Man broke down between the Disney-owned studio and rival Sony, Hollywood media reported Tuesday.

The Marvel movies have together grossed $22 billion at the global box office, and British actor Tom Holland's Spider-Man has become an increasingly central figure in the most lucrative franchise in film history.

But while the teen web-slinger has for decades been the "crown jewel" of the Marvel comic book empire on which the films are based, Sony owns the character's movie rights.

He only began appearing in Marvel's "cinematic universe" after an almost unprecedented, and still highly secretive, 2015 deal struck between the Hollywood giants, with the two studios co-producing and splitting profits across the films.

That partnership has now broken up following Disney and Sony's failure to agree on financial terms for future films, multiple Hollywood media outlets said Tuesday.

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige -- widely credited with the phenomenal boom in comic book movies of the past decade -- will no longer produce Sony's standalone Spider-Man films, according to Deadline, which broke the news.

This makes it "almost certain" that the character Spider-Man will be absent from crossover appearances in future Marvel films too, according to Hollywood Reporter journalist Graeme McMillan.

"Ultimately, this is far more of a problem for Marvel than it is for Sony," he wrote, noting how Spider-Man had become "the face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe" by the franchise's most recent movie.

According to Deadline, Marvel parent Disney had wanted to significantly increase its financial stake in future Spider-Man films, while Sony refused to alter the existing terms.

In financial terms, Spider-Man is one of the most successful superheroes in movie history.

Holland's iteration of Spider-Man has appeared in a total of five Marvel Studios and Sony films since the collaboration deal, which collectively grossed almost $8 billion worldwide.

These span from his introduction in "Captain America: Civil War" to a starring role in the series' most recent outing, "Spider-Man: Far From Home."

They also included "Avengers: Endgame," the biggest-grossing movie of all time.

At Comic-Con last month, Marvel Studios set out a timeline of films and television shows scheduled for the next two years including new outings for popular characters Thor, Black Widow, Doctor Strange and Loki -- but none featuring Spider-Man.

Sony last year produced an Oscar-winning Spider-Man animation separate from Marvel Studios' domain, as well as a standalone film centered on popular Spider-Man villain Venom.

Neither Sony nor Disney has publicly commented on the reports.

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Well, I guess it's back to watching completely average Spider Man movies. It was nice while it lasted.

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I can imagine Sony rightfully wanted a bigger peace of the boxoffice draw pie and Marvel/Disney was too cheap to share in the accumulated billions.

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Sony has plans to revive Betamax with direct to tape spider man movies!

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I can imagine Sony rightfully wanted a bigger peace of the boxoffice draw pie and Marvel/Disney was too cheap to share in the accumulated billions.

You got it the other way around. Marvel/ Disney wants a bigger piece of the pie from Spiderman movies, they want a 50/50 split. The original agreement stated that Marvel/Disney got 5%. Disney simply got more greedy because they saw how much the standalone Spiderman movies were making.

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Maybe some future Spiderman films will be closer to the original comics. The character in the film from last year was a whiny wimpy wuss. The past number of Marvel films are all rubbish, trash!

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rocketpandaToday  11:08 am JST

You got it the other way around. Marvel/ Disney wants a bigger piece of the pie from Spiderman movies, they want a 50/50 split. The original agreement stated that Marvel/Disney got 5%. Disney simply got more greedy because they saw how much the standalone Spiderman movies were making.

Yup, basically Disney kill the goose that laid the golden egg, in which they probably had a "IF I CAN'T HAVE IT THEN NOBODY CAN" type mindset.

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i think sony will do better spiderman

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i think sony will do better spiderman

Why? They’ve already made 5, and out of those they’ve maybe got two and a half good movies and two complete pieces of garbage.

Spider Man has been consistently good in the MCU. Disney has every right to want a larger share since they provided all the talent, from the crew to the actors. All Sony did was let them borrow the character and got most of the profit.

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If it causes those two common-denominator-serving monopolistic behemoths pain, I am all for it.

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No interest in more Superhero movies, but "The Boys" is the best series I've seen this year.

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No interest in more Superhero movies, but "The Boys" is the best series I've seen this year.

"The Boys" is pretty awesome! It's a great idea and they're doing a great job with it!

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Sony's Spider-man was okay, but it's just stupid to take him out of MCU now. What are they going to do, go back to making Spidey only movies? I don't see it being terribly successful. Terrible, maybe, but not successful.

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Yup! My misunderstanding! lol Oops!

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part of why Tom Holland,s Spider Man is so great it,s because of his connection to the MCU. if that,s gone, idk...

instead of 50-50 how about 60-40 or 70-30. that,s how business goes... they gotta find some solution because there,s many disappointed people out there.

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This can go both ways

Non-MCU Spider-Man movies were hit-or-miss - the first 2 were good, afterwards not. So stand-alone Spider-Man may suck again, especially after Tom Holland leaves after his 1 or 2 remaining movies left in his contract.

But then again, non-MCU Spider-Man can escape from MCU Spider-Man being Iron Man-lite (what with all the Stark gadgets he's been using). Plus, MCU Spider-Man's two main connections to MCU are now gone (Tony Stark is dead; Captain America Steve Rogers is retired). And with the next several MCU movies focusing on outside of Earth this time around, that's no longer Spider-Man's friendly neighborhood we're familiar with.

So who knows if Sony can tell a decent Spider-Man story that's not connected to the MCU. But all bets are off if god forbid they reboot Spider-Man into an origin story again, lol

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Once again it is the fans that will suffer. Large companies unable to play ball together for more than a few movies before it all breaks down. Just like Star Trek.

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Gotta be honest, no love lost here. I am very sick of Spiderman being rebooted, and the current kid is a joke.

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smithinjapanAug. 22 10:33 pm JSTGotta be honest, no love lost here. I am very sick of Spiderman being rebooted, and the current kid is a joke.

I saw the current Spiderman at a party and I hated it. He is a total joke - wimpy, whiny, wussy. A joke!

Peter14Aug. 22 09:32 pm JSTOnce again it is the fans that will suffer. Large companies unable to play ball together for more than a few movies before it all breaks down. Just like Star Trek.

After Gene Roddenberry died TNG started turning into a New Age soap opera, DS-9 started deviating from the originals and Voyager stank. Then the movies started turning into soap operas too. I gave up after that, around 1998 or so.

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No interest in more Superhero movies, but "The Boys" is the best series I've seen this year.

The Boys is very much typical of Irish writer Garth Ennis, he's always been into mischief and turning the genre on its head. The superhero as a morally corrupt entity isn't entirely new - see Alan Moore and Grant Morrison's stuff - but The Boys is so in your face and darkly comic. Not one for younger Spiderman fans!

I'm ok with Spiderman leaving the MCU for now. They don't want to rely on him too much. Loved the Raimi films (apart from the average 3rd one) and loved the Tom Holland iteration.

But I'd say the most experimental and fresh take was the recent Into the Spiderverse movie. My head's still spinning after seeing it!

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DS-9 started deviating from the originals and Voyager stank. Then the movies started turning into soap operas too. I gave up after that, around 1998 or so.

DS9 was brilliant, a real change from the somewhat tired formula and a forerunner to the magnificent BSG. Voyager took a while to get going, admittedly. Once Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) joined the cast, it took off. I don't rate the Star Trek films after First Contact, until the Kelvin Timeline. They were good fun. Are they canon? Don't care - they were entertaining. Discovery is compelling, although it takes a couple of episodes to get into and season 2 is top drawer. Not sure how they can top it...

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 I don't rate the Star Trek films after First Contact, until the Kelvin Timeline. They were good fun. Are they canon? Don't care - they were entertaining.

I liked those films up to that point but after that where Data sacrifices itself is where I lost track, I can barely remember the ST: Insurrection movie.

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Since Stan Lee passed away, the Marvel movies have lost their edge. Killing off characters and villains that are hard to beat with the entire Avengers team?

Time for a reboot!

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I can do without Spider-Man and Holland is not that great to begin with, so it kind of ended it there for me.

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