Marvel Studios is still planning on acquiring Spider-Man film rights?

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It’s no surprise that Marvel Studios want all of the Marvel characters back into their hands. So far we’ve seen some successes including Daredevil and the Hulk. Then we have half-successes, like the recent announcement of Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Sony Pictures will still produce solo Spider-Man films).

Now we have more interesting rumors with what Marvel Studios really wanted in regards to the rights to Spider-Man. According to The Hollywood Reporter‘s sources, Disney and Marvel have been very persistent with Sony in trying to get the rights to produce Spider-Man films. We’re talking about billions of dollars here. (Amost as big as Disney acquiring Lucasfilm for $4 billion.) As you can see from Monday’s announcement, that wasn’t the case.

However, there is a middle ground that would be beneficial to everyone involved, and that is having Spider-Man be a part of the MCU. Disney and Marvel will get to cash in on merchandising, since they own the rights to Spider-Man merchandise. Sony will get to profit from the hype with its solo films, and Spider-Man joining the MCU will help bring people into theaters.

An insider said, “Sony would never have made this deal if they still retained the merchandising rights. Even a poor performing movie could be saved by strong merchandise sales, and Spider-Man is one of the bigger brands out there.”

Sony still has full creative control over the Spider-Man movies, and it’s said that Sony and producer Amy Pascal are already searching for their Peter Parker, “an actor much younger than 31-year-old Andrew Garfield.” They’re also looking for a new writer, and that means Drew Goddard may be kicked to the curb with Marc Webb not returning as director.

Many fans should be happy to know that Avi Arad has been demoted from producer to executive producer, since that means he will have “no real say in the creative direction of the franchise”.

“One knowledgeable source sees the move as a first step to Marvel re-acquiring the rights to Spider-Man down the road, while another believes Disney is positioning itself to acquire Sony should it ever become available.”

It doesn’t seem like we’ll ever see Sony give up the rights to Spider-Man, but perhaps Disney and Kevin Feige may be able to pull something off.

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