It’s understandable why Disney/Marvel wanted more out of the Spider-Man deal with Sony. Let’s just for a second ignore the fact Spider-Man is Marvel’s character and Sony has held the rights hostage for years, making movie-after-movie in attempts to make their own movie universe. Let’s rather focus on the fact that Marvel came in and was given creative control to make Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Let’s focus on the fact that Marvel produced the films as well. Let’s focus on the fact that the MCU brand has led to both those films being the highest-grossing Spider-Man films ever made. So I can understand why Disney/Marvel wanted more than 5% of the profit made from the films given they have done most of the work. Sony didn’t seem to like that and ended the deal with Spider-Man leaving the MCU.
That was a fun couple months as it’s now been announced that Sony Pictures and Disney/Marvel have reached a deal to allow a third Spider-Man film in the MCU with Marvel once again taking creative point and Tom Holland’s iteration of the character to continue appearing in future Marvel films. It’s been quoted that Disney/Marvel will not take in 25% of the profit (Although rumor was they wanted 50% originally). Obviously this is best for everyone with the Spider-Man properties doing the best they ever have under the MCU brand. In addition, a release date has already been marked out for the film; that of July 16, 2021.
In a statement released, Kevin Feige had this to say on the new deal:
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.