A falling-out between two of Hollywood’s biggest studios would mean Marvel President Kevin Feige won’t be lending his touch to future Spider-Man films, and the character won’t appear in Disney’s Marvel films -- a series dubbed the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU, that’s generated more than $22.5 billion globally.
has been requesting a 50 per cent share of profits in the films going forward. Sony wanted to keep the current arrangement, in which Disney gets a 5 per cent share of box-office revenue, according to the Deadline website, which reported earlier on the dispute.
Representatives of Disney and Sony didn’t return calls seeking comment.
The two Hollywood giants agreed in 2015 to work together on films featuring the web-slinging superhero after several of Sony’s Spider-Man films underperformed. The first feature in their collaboration, 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” captured $880 million in ticket sales worldwide, the best performance of the franchise up until then. A follow-up, this year’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” grossed $1.1 billion, a record for the series and for Sony.
Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland, also was featured in MCU films such as this year’s “Avengers: Endgame,” the highest-grossing film of all time.