Spider-Man to Stay in MCU: Fox & Sony Reach an Agreement

After a brief break up, #SonyPictures and #Marvel have found a way to get back in the #SpiderMan business together and keep him in the #MCU. On Friday, the two companies jointly announced that #MarvelStudios and its president, Kevin Feige, will produce the 3rd film in the “Spider-Man: #Homecoming” series and that it will once again feature Tom Holland reprising his role as the titular hero.

The rumor mill had roared back to life this week with hints that the two companies were close to brokering a new agreement, which was signed late on Thursday night.

The negotiations included top players from both studios, including Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman, Feige and #WaltDisneyStudios co-chairs Alan Horn and Alan Bergman. In exchange for lending Feige’s producing prowess, Marvel and #Disney will receive roughly 25% of the profits, according to insiders. Disney will retain its merchandising rights and will put up roughly a quarter of the financing. As part of the arrangement, Spider-Man will also appear in one future Marvel Studios film.

The next MCU Spider-Man film is slated to be released on July 16, 2021.

In a statement, Feige said,

“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it. Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”



MCU to Lose Spider-Man over Sony/Disney Profit Sharing Kerfuffle, Ending 2015 Partnership

A 2015 agreement between #Sony Pictures Entertainment and #MarvelComics (under the ownership of Disney) has permitted Marvel to be able to have the character #SpiderMan appear in multiple MCU movies to joy of many fans. That agreement now appears to be in jeopardy after Sony walked away from talks with Disney after Disney wanted to change the profit-sharing split to a 50/50 split on future film profits, as well as continued access to Kevin Feige, who has produced some of the MCU’s most profitable films.

According to Deadline’s Mike Fleming, Jr.:

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige won’t produce any further Spider-Man films because of an inability by Disney and Sony Pictures to reach new terms that would have given the former a co-financing stake going forward. Disney asked that future Spider-Man films be a 50/50 co-financing arrangement between the studios, and there were discussions that this might extend to other films in the Spider-Man universe. Sony turned that offer down flat, and I don’t believe they even came back to the table to figure out a compromise.

With Sony walking away, they’re taking the rights to use Spider-Man with them. This now means that future MCU movies probably won’t have the web-slinger again, even though he appeared in several very profitable MCU films:

The agreement also allowed Kevin Feige’s involvement in the two most recent standalone Spider-Man films, which also performed very well at the box office:

  • “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, which earned $880,166,924 worldwide
  • “Spider-Man: Far from Home”, which earned $1,110,682,751 worldwide making it Sony’s highest grossing film ever.

Together, these 5 films earned have earned $7,988,469,578 worldwide, which is $4-billion more than the worldwide combined earnings for the 5 Sony-only Spider-Man films that preceded them: $3,963,259,504 (“Spider-Man”, “Spider-Man 2”, “Spider-Man 3”, “The Amazing Spider-Man” & “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”).

Naturally, fans aren’t happy about the loss of Spider-Man in the MCU, but the only players who can do anything about it are Sony and Disney. Actor Tom Holland is also apparently not happy about the split.

Robert Downy, Jr. & Tom Holland

Robert Downy, Jr. & Tom Holland in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”


Disney Announces 3 New “Star Wars” Films; Reschedules “Avatar” Sequels & Other Films

To seemingly not much fanfare on social media yesterday or today, #Disney announced that there will be 3 new #StarWars films to be released in 2022, 2024 & 2026. In the same announcement, Disney also said that the #Avatar film sequels are being pushed back 1 or more years each, as follows:

  • “Avatar 2”: from Dec. 18, 2020 to Dec. 17, 2021
  • “Avatar 3”: from Dec. 17, 2021 to Dec. 22, 2023
  • “Avatar 4”: from Dec. 20, 2024 to Dec. 19, 2025
  • “Avatar 5”: Dec. 17, 2027

The reasoning for this move was to alternate between “Star Wars” sequels and “Avatar” sequels in the months of December to avoid having the franchises compete for box office receipts at the same time.

The resulting combined schedule for the two franchises is as follows:

  • “Avatar 2”: Dec. 17, 2021
  • “Star Wars (10?)”: Dec. 16, 2022
  • “Avatar 3”: Dec. 22, 2023
  • “Star Wars (11?)”: Dec. 20, 2024
  • “Avatar 4”: Dec. 19, 2025
  • “Star Wars (12?)”: Dec. 18, 2026
  • “Avatar 5”: Dec. 17, 2027

Disney’s announcement also included the rescheduling of large number of other films, including a number of films that Disney acquired with its purchase of Fox. Some of these films now no longer have scheduled release dates.

  • “The New Mutants” (Fox): from Aug. 2, 2019 to April 3, 2020
  • “Artemis Fowl” (Dis): from Aug. 9, 2019 to May 29, 2020
  • “Cruella” (Dis, previously “Untitled Disney Live Action”): Dec. 23, 2020
  • “Nimona” (Fox): from Feb. 14, 2020 to Mar. 5, 2021
  • “Gambit” (Fox): from Mar. 13, 2020 to removed from schedule.
  • “Untitled Fox Marvel” (Fox): from June 26, 2020 to removed from schedule.
  • “Untitled Fox Marvel” (Fox): from Oct. 2, 2020 to removed from schedule.
  • “Untitled Fox Marvel” (Fox): from Mar. 5, 2021 to removed from schedule.


“Avengers: Endgame” Makes Box Office History Earning $2.2-Billion

“#Avengers: #Endgame” has earned another $282 million overseas this weekend, meaning that the #MCU (Marvel Comics) epic crossed the $2-billion mark on Saturday. The film also crossed the box office earnings of “Avengers: #InfinityWar” ($2.048 billion) and “#StarWars VII: #TheForceAwakens” ($2.068 billion).

The film’s current overseas box office earnings of $1.569 billion is above both “Avengers: Infinity War” ($1.37 billion) and “Titanic” ($1.528 billion, counting the reissues) as the second-biggest overseas earner of all time. While it is still $458.5 million below the box office earnings of “#Avatar” ($2.0275 billion overseas), it has passed the $2.189 billion global gross of “Titanic” to become the second-biggest movie of all time.

Avengers: Endgame


“Avengers: Endgame” Obliterates Box-Office Records, Earns $1.2-Billion on Opening Weekend

#Disney & #MarvelComics did extremely well for the opening weekend of “#Avengers: #Endgame” with a record-breaking $1.2-billion earned worldwide! Broken down, domestically the movie earned $350-million and internationally $859-million, both of which also shattered previous box-office records!

Endgame’s $350-million domestic opening weekend is nearly $93 million larger than the previous record set by Avengers: Infinity War ($257.69 million) that was set just last year and a whopping 90% of the overall weekend market share.

Here are part of the records that Endgame has broken. Most of the previous records were held primarily either by “Avengers: Infinity War” or “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens”:

Fan reactions to Endgame are also extremely good. On IMDb.com, Endgame is rated at 9.1 out of 10 stars. On Rottentomatoes, the movie has an audience score of 92% and a meteoritic score of 96%.

Avengers: Endgame