[dropcap size=small]S[/dropcap]ources have revealed that Sony was recently in negotiations with Marvel/Disney to bring Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) starting with Captain America: Civil War. Those talks have since fallen through, but Latino Review is reporting that Spidey may still have a chance to swing into the MCU.
WSJ initially reported that Marvel was potentially going to produce a trilogy of films centered around the web-slinger with Sony retaining creative control, but Latino Review explained that sources close to the deal revealed that the actual proposal involved a 60/40 share of costs with Marvel putting up more money and controlling the direction of the films. Although Sony moved forward without completing a deal, LR’s sources explained that executives at the studio’s parent company are extremely disappointed with the current state of the studio and the Spider-Man franchise altogether, so there may be hope for a renegotiation:
“Sony Japan thinks the Marvel deal for Spider-Man is still on the table, and they want to renegotiate as a return to quality…Sony Entertainment’s October hard-line stance of wanting control is now mostly moot in the eyes of the higher-ups.”
Amazing Spider-Man 2 left audiences, critics, and Sony execs with something to be desired, but that hasn’t stopped the studio from continuing its plans for the franchise. Sony currently has plans for a Sinister Six film in 2016, Amazing Spider-Man 3 in 2018, and a Venom film in development with an undisclosed release date.
Sony, can Peter come out and play?
Even if Peter Parker may not join Civil War, Sony still could come to a deal with Marvel to bring Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man to the same screen as Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and the rest of the Avengers.
Do you want to see Spider-Man in the MCU…or do you want to see Spider-Man in the MCU? Make it happen, Sony.
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters with or without Spider-Man on May 6, 2016.