Spider-Man Marvel / Sony Deal Cost, Perspective Spider-Men, and Spin-off Films. The new deal between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures will cost each organization virtually nothing. Each studio will keep the profits that each makes from its past Spider-Man films and its future Spider-Man films involving the web slinger.
Marvel Studios won’t pay Sony Pictures for the rights to put Spider-Man in “Captain America: Civil War,” the “Avengers” franchise or its other superhero films, as part of its new partnership with the studio, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. At the same time, Marvel won’t receive a cut of the box office for any of Sony’s films that feature Spider-Man. Sony won’t receive a percentage of the revenue Disney makes from Marvel’s films that have Spider-Man, either.
With the deal, begun in October 2014, now complete, attention has turned to whether Andrew Garfield would return as Spider-Man. He will not.
Sony contacted the actor Monday night to explain what was happening with the character. They discussed Garfield potentially continuing the role but “ultimately it didn’t make sense to keep him for what will be a new chapter for Spider-Man.”
Sony Pictures is now looking to “go back to Spidey’s roots and put the character back in high school, which would require it to cast a younger actor.”
A number of actors already have been mentioned as being considered for the role, including “The Maze Runner” and “Teen Wolf’s” Dylan O’Brien and the “Percy Jackson” franchise’s Logan Lerman. Lerman most recently co-starred in Sony’s “Fury.”
Actors have yet to be approached, and sources say Sony is looking to hire a new director to replace “The Amazing Spider-Man” films’ Marc Webb before tapping a new Spidey. The studio also needs to figure out whether it wants to go with another Peter Parker or introduce another character that suits up as Spider-Man, including Miles Morales, whose father is African American and mother is Puerto Rican.
A non-white Spider-Man would be interesting but my guess is that Sony Pictures will play it safe and go the “traditional” route with the character.
The status of the planned Spider-Man sequels and spin-offs at via Sony Pictures is less uncertain:
The studio is still moving forward with the Spider-Man villain-centric “Sinister Six,” and “Venom” spinoff, as well as a film that features female characters in the “Spider-Man” universe. “The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been cancelled.
Regardless of when the spin-offs will be released, to include a new Spider-Man in the upcoming Marvel films, a new Spider-Man will have to be christened with do haste.
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