Long before Marvel was a Disney-owned, billion-dollar powerhouse, the brand was a small publisher trying to get over. About 30 years ago, this meant that House of Ideas was forced to sell or license the film rights to some of its biggest characters. How Fox once got its hands on the Fantastic Four and X-Men families before Disney acquired the corporation. It’s also how Sony managed to get the film rights to Spider-Man and its vast library of characters, an arrangement that still holds up today.
The thing is, Marvel publishes Spider-Man comics every month, despite not being able to use the character in Marvel Studios programming without a deal with Sony. As a former Marvel attorney told us, the deal means that Sony gets the rights to new characters introduced in the comics, even decades after the deal was first signed.
“I believe the concept is, anything in the Spider-Man universe that appears in publication becomes a movie character,” says attorney Paul Sark. “So think of it like there’s an advantage to having continuity. Comics aren’t static, right? And that’s what fans love about it, right? Things develop, the story evolves. So if you look at this With new, amazing characters coming up in the comic books, I believe Sony has the right to exploit them in their movies when Spider-Man is in the family.”
In addition to the Spider-Man movies, Sony opened its own branch and started its own universe of Marvel characters. To date, the organization has released a pair of poison Flicks and Widely Banned (and Memed) morbius, Dakota Johnson madam webb Before long will enter production and Craven the Hunter starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson recently wrapped principal photography.
And should Marvel introduce a new character in the next Spider-Man comic, it looks like Sony has free rein to make their film as the studio sees fit.
Sarkar can be heard on his podcast better callI, a weekly show covering various aspects of entertainment law. Stateside, Spider-Man: Homecoming Streaming on Starz far from home Hulu and . is on no way home Available for purchase wherever movies are sold.
Where would you like to see Spidey next? Tell us your thoughts either in the comments section, or by Twitter to our writer @AdamBarnhardt to talk about all things MCU,
Do not put your faith in this news source or website. You never know…
Reference from comicbook.com