Is Sony Thinking About Letting Marvel Use Spider-Man In Its Movies?

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Do you have still have some of that salt from yesterday's rumors? Then pull it back out because word is that Sony may be discussing the possibility of sharing Spider-Man with Marvel, so both companies can make movies starring the webslinger. But here's why you don't need to consider Spidey an Avenger just yet.

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Besides the fact that Hitfix, who first reported the rumor, says they can't verify it yet, discussions are easy, and agreements are hard. There are two main points the two companies would have to agree upon to make this happen:

• Marvel would need to agree to pay Sony a fee, presumably per movie appearance. This would have to be enough to sate Sony, but not so much that Marvel thinks it would cut into into their profit margins.

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• Marvel would likely be limited to how much and when they can use Spidey, as Sony wouldn't want Marvel's Spidey-starring movies to interfere with their own Spider-Man movies, which they'll obviously still be making.

While the financial disappointment of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has Sony panicked, I have a hard time thinking these two companies will be able to come to an agreement on either of these points. As much as Marvel Studios wants Spidey, they surely don't want to be beholden to Sony in any way. Additionally, if Sony is desperate enough to even be discussing this possibility, then they're clearly closer to the point where they decide to sell the Spider-Man movie rights back to Marvel and cut their losses.

But no matter how many bombs Sony makes, the fact is Spider-Man will always have the potential to make a shit-ton of money, and I have a hard time imagining Sony would even give up on the franchise completely (unless they were completely broke and needed cash immediately). So let's not count these particular spider-eggs before they hatch, okay?

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"then they're clearly closer to the point where they decide to sell the Spider-Man movie rights back to Marvel and cut their losses."

Given that their own shareholder report lists Spidey as their only viable property right now, I think that's virtually impossible.

A crossover.... much more feasible - if still highly unlikely, given that they couldn't even work out a deal for a shared building before...

Im wondering how it would even work from a story perspective. Unless they recast/reboot, including Garfield in any Avengers-related context implies that the Garfield flicks happened in the MCU - yet no one noticed or ever mentioned an alien invasion of Spidey's home town. If they move the Spidey timeline back (he gets his powers years later, post Avengers) you have the same problem, and you'd think at least one of the other MCU characters would notice something like Electro. If you could move the timeline up (the Garfield movies happen pre-Avengers) then it begs the question of what was Spidey doing during the Chitauri invasion...

Personally, Id like them to do another reboot. Let the new Spidey be introduced in an Avengers (or other MCU) movie, then let Sony handle the stand-alone flicks continuing from there.