The end of an era and the beginning of a new one.
The arrangement between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures to collaborate on Spider-Man movies is reportedly over, with Sony opting to not renew a deal that would have seen Marvel/Disney take 50% of any future Spider-Man movie profits in exchange for the creative guidance of producer and MCU boss Kevin Feige.
That means Spider-Man is effectively out of the MCU and back into his own solo movie universe overseen solely by Sony.
The Sony-Marvel deal has always been a head-scratcher for fans, right up until last month’s San Diego Comic-Con when fans were left wondering why Marvel didn’t announce a new Spidey film along with the rest of their Phase 4 slate. Given that talks between Marvel and Sony were deteriorating at that time, we now know why Spidey was a no-show at SDCC.
But it was never Marvel’s place to announce the next Spider-Man film. Sony holds the screen rights to Spider-Man and is the distributor of all the solo Spidey films, going back to the first Sam Raimi one.
Since 2015, Sony and Marvel Studios/Disney have had a deal to share Spider-Man, although the future of that agreement remains murky at present. Former Sony boss and ongoing Spider-Man producer Amy Pascal caused a stir in 2017 when she said, “One of the things that I think is so amazing about this experience is that you don’t have studios deciding to work together to make a film very often. In fact it may never happen again, after we do the sequel [to Spider-Man: Homecoming].”
The Ankler also recently claimed: “The original Sony/Marvel/Spidey deal to co-produce these movies stipulated that if (Far From Home) cleared a billion, Marvel would get to oversee a third. If it hadn’t, full control would have reverted back to Sony.”
Well, Spider-Man: Far From Home has grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide so far, and has become Sony’s biggest hit of all time.
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For his part, Tom Holland has just one more Sony-released Spidey solo film left in his contract (although it should be noted that contracts can be renegotiated, as Robert Downey Jr.did.).
It will certainly be curious to see if Feige or Disney address the Spidey reports at this weekend’s D23 Expo. In the meantime, the ball appears to be in Sony’s court about when an official announcement of a third Spider-Man film — one that will deal with all the fallout of the developments in Far From Home’s shocking mid-credits scene — will be made.
In any case, it will be one made by Sony Pictures, who is staying in the Spidey movie business for the long run whether Marvel Studios is partnered with them or not.
For more on Spider-Man, check out ways how Far from Home’s big twist could be undone in the next movie, the director’s answers to all your Far From Home spoiler questions, and Sony’s plans to re-release the film with additional footage.
Category: Spider-Man: Far From Home
Never-Before-Seen Extended Cut Featuring New Action Sequence To Be Released Labor Day Weekend
Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far From Home has officially become Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing film of all time, passing the global box office gross of Columbia Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/EON Production’s Skyfall. Through Sunday, August 18, Spider-Man: Far From Home made $376.7 million domestically and $732.9 million internationally for a worldwide cume of $1.109 billion.
Starting Thursday, August 29, ahead of the holiday weekend, an extended cut of the film featuring approximately four additional minutes of a never-before-seen action sequence will be released in theaters in the U.S. and Canada. The film will also be available in IMAX® and large formats in select locations.
On its path toward this record-breaking milestone, Spider-Man: Far From Home showed incredible power at the global box office.
The film’s North American opening at $185.06 million for the six-day holiday weekend was an all-time opening six-day record for Sony Pictures, the best-ever six-day opening for a Spider-Man film, and the best six-day opening for a film launching over the Fourth of July holiday. On opening day, July 2, the film opened to the biggest Tuesday numbers of all time with $39.3 million.
Spider-Man: Far From Home became the highest-grossing Spider-Man movie overseas and opened at #1 in 65 markets including Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The film’s global rollout began on June 28 in China, Hong Kong, and Japan with a $111 million cumulative opening. China debuted to $97.7 million – the seventh-largest opening of all-time for a studio film in the market and Sony Pictures’ second-biggest opening there. Japan opened with $9.4 million – the second-biggest superhero movie launch in the last decade. Hong Kong opened with $3.7 million – the fifth-biggest Friday-to-Sunday opening of all-time, and Sony Pictures’ best-ever opening in the market.
About Spider-Man™: Far From Home
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.
Directed by Jon Watts. Written by Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers. Based on the MARVEL Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel, Eric Hauserman Carroll, Rachel O’Connor, Stan Lee, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach serve as executive producers. The film stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Zendaya is in attendance tonight at the 2019 Teen Choice Awards where she won for best actress in a film for Spiderman: Far From Home. I’ve added nearly 150 high quality photos to the gallery. Enjoy!
There have been three movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe released in 2019, and now all three have passed $1 billion at the global box office. Following in the footsteps of Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home has now passed the landmark. This may come as a surprise, but this is the first time a Spider-Man film has reached the $1 billion benchmark.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Far From Home passed $1 billion on Thursday, further extending its lead on the next highest-grossing Spider-Man film, not adjusting for inflation. The next closest entry in the franchise is 2007’s Spider-Man 3, the final Spidey movie directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire, which earned $890 million. The other MCU Spider-Man, 2017’s Homecoming, topped out at just over $880 million.
The success around the globe for Far From Home has been unparalleled in terms of the Spider-Man films, but other entries have done better in North America. As of now, Far From Home is the fifth-highest grossing Spider-Man movie at the domestic box office, coming short of Homecoming and all three films in the Raimi trilogy. That said, the film is right on the heels of Homecoming and Spider-Man: 3 and will likely pass their domestic totals sooner rather than later.
In addition to becoming the only Spider-Man film to cross $1 billion at the box office, Far From Home is one of only two titles released by Sony Pictures to do so. The only other Sony film to hit the mark was the James Bond film Skyfall, which was released in 2012.
With Far From Home now officially crossing the threshold, there have been a total of 40 movies in cinematic history to make $1 billion at the box office. Spider-Man: Far From Home is just the third to do so this year, but surely won’t be the last. Disney’s new adaptations of Aladdin and The Lion King should both hit the mark before all is said and done, and it would be a surprise if Frozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker didn’t do the same later this year.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is currently playing in theaters.