Sony Pictures and Walt Disney have failed to come to terms over the future of Spider-Man movies, which leaves Marvel Studios and producer Kevin Fiege out of Sony's upcoming Spider-Man slate. Deadline reported.
This means that fans won't be seeing any more of the web-slinger in any more of the Avengers or other Marvel Cinematic Universe films - and that it's likely that no other MCU character will be making an appearance in Spider-Man movies.
The main dispute was due to money, according to Deadline.
“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. Sony proposed keeping the arrangement going under the current terms where Marvel receives in the range of 5% of first-dollar gross, sources said. Disney refused.”
Details aren't clear as Sony representatives declined to confirm Deadline's report to Polygon.
Sony and Disney’s original agreement was made when Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man franchise was on its second struggling installment in the box office, and the studio faced the prospect of producing another lackluster movie or allowing the film license to revert back to the juggernaut of Marvel Studios. Now, after two Marvel Studios-produced Spider-Man hits — including one that is the highest-grossing movie Sony Pictures has ever made — and three appearances from the wall-crawler in the MCU, Sony may feel that it can steer the Spider-Man film franchise into the future all on its own again.