After the fallout between Marvel (Disney) and Sony a couple of weeks ago over the Spider-Man film franchise, it seems Sony will not budge on the decision to take their licensed character away from Marvel.
According to an interview with Variety, Sony Pictures CEO Tony Vinciquerra says “for the moment, the door is closed”. The statement implied the door may be open again soon but for the time being, there’s no chance of Marvel and Sony becoming Spider-Man buddies again.
Even though the fallout caused a massive rift between the two companies which were working quite well together before Disney wanted more money from them Vinciquerra says there’s no “ill will” between them over the end of the Spider-Man deal.
Tony Vinciquerra revealed the fan backlash has been quite bad and has made the past few weeks “interesting”. However, the reason for the separation was again made clear. Sony believed Kevin Feige was stretched too thin and with the future plans in place to bring both X-Men and Fantastic Four to MCU, it was only going to get harder to focus on Spider-Man.
Sony believes the character and its movie franchises are still in good hands as the company has various films in the works including a Venom sequel, which could feature a possible Spider-Man crossover.
Perhaps the terms will be revaluated closer to the end of the current Marvel Cinematic Universe phase. If Marvel needs Spider-Man for anything, then the studio will have to start begging Sony to take them back