Sony is not happy with Marvel, that is for sure. Another thing that is certain about this bitterness between companies, is that Spider-Man is going to be caught in the middle, like a child of feuding divorced parents. Posted on Twitter in a rare public statement, made by Sony, the Tweet talked about their attitude towards some of Disney‘s actions.
On Monday, Deadline reported on the matter, stating that Disney and Sony were in discussions. Disney wanted an even 50% from the gross income, rather than the 5% that they previously had. Sony then had representatives Tom Rothman and Tony Vinciquerra return with a different offer, yet Disney was not pleased by this offer. Due to these failed “peace talks”, Kevin Fiege will not be a producer on the next two Spider-Man films, and the next two may be their last two. If Disney and Sony walk away from each other, all agreements are void and they both may have to work something out. This means we lose all cross-over characters from Sony to Disney and vice-versa.
Here’s the full Twitter statement:
“Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film. We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him—including all their newly added Marvel properties—do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own. Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.”
Deadline called this statement a “spin” by Sony, where the statement was given to The Hollywood Reporter before going to Twitter.