Just when it seemed like Disney and Marvel had everything going for, they risk losing one of their biggest franchises. As fans, we’ve been excited for Spider-Man: Far From Home for quite some time. Little did we know, that there’s a lot riding on this film if it’s going to stay in the right hands: Marvel Studios.
The Ankler is an entertainment magazine that has claimed the rights to Spider-Man might revert back to Sony if the film doesn’t clear $1 billion in sales. The Ankler revealed that this is the deal that Marvel has with Sony. Apparently, there’s a certain sales threshold that must be met in order for the film to stay with Marvel. If they want to do a third movie, then they’re really putting a lot on this one film.
This Spider-Man has had a major role in the Avengers storyline, including sharing screen time with major Marvel characters, like Iron Man. It has been a great run so far with Marvel once again making Spider-Man movies. But, “Far From Home” is being threatened as the last Marvel-produced Spider-Man movie.
“The original Sony/Marvel/Spidey deal to co-produce these movies stipulated that if this Spidey cleared a billion, Marvel would get to oversee a third,” Richard Rushfield writes. “If it hadn’t, full control would have reverted back to Sony.” So far, the numbers are looking good. In its first weekend, “Far From Home” made over $600 million and is on pace to beat the $1 billion expectation before it makes it out of theaters.
The Disney/Marvel/Sony Deal
If “Far From Home” crosses that billion dollar threshold, it appears as if there deal would include one more co-produced solo Spider-Man movie. So far, they’ve produced two solo movies together which were distributed by Sony Entertainment. Disney distributed three more movies that had the Tom Holland Spider-Man character in it.
The Tom Holland Spider-Man made his debut with the MCU not with his own movie, but as part of Captain America: Civil War. It was a major surprise to see Spidey show up in that film, but it was just a taste of what was to come. He appeared in all of the Infinity Saga Avenger movies as well, so Marvel and Disney have made great use of the character, regardless of if “Far From Home” crosses the $1 billion mark.
While we sit back and wonder about the future of this franchise, still very possible that the rights to Holland’s Spider-Man revert back to Sony anyway. Venom was a box-office success and the plan moving forward might be to bring the two together. That would be quite the natural move for Sony to make. Especially when you consider Sony has rights to other villains from the same roster, such as Kraven, Morbius, and Nightwatch.