Oh, Spider-Man, what will Disney do without thee? Granted, they got the license to Fantastic Four and X-Men back, not to mention the upcoming slate of MCU films and more Star Wars, but we’re all still pretty bummed about this development. While we’re all blaming Sony for this, keep in mind that they’re technically not at fault for this; Disney wanted more money for their current deal, which isn’t bad, and Sony didn’t want to do that, which isn’t bad.
However, Kevin Smith is urging Sony to just accept the deal since fans will come in droves to watch these Spider-Man movies, which isn’t a lie. After all, Spider-Man: Far From Home was an excellent film that blew away our expectations, officially becoming Sony’s highest-grossing film and dethroning Skyfall. While we don’t blame Sony for turning down the deal, it would be great if they came to a compromise.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! Just stop it! Please, @SonyPictures - give @Disney what they want and many millions of us will keep giving you our money! Hey, @marcbernardin! Guess what we’ll be talking about tonight at @SVCantina (after we dish @MastersOfficial)? #FatManBeyond https://t.co/ALoOkpVrm1— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) August 20, 2019
Seeing Smith plead with Sony like this isn’t too surprising since he’s a big comic book fan. He actually wrote a Spider-Man mini-series called Spider-Man and Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do, which wasn’t very good but had great art from Terry Dodson. He’s also directed episodes of The Flash and Supergirl and is the showrunner for Netflix’s Masters of the Universe anime.
While I think Smith is a bit overrated, he does have a point here. Yeah, 50% is a lot to give to Disney but imagine all of the money that will be made with more MCU Spider-Man movies. Sure, Sony will get us to watch Spider-Man vs Venom and a sequel to Into the Spider-Verse, which is the best Spider-Man movie, but we still want more MCU Spidey.
Spider-Man: Far From Home will get an extended re-release next week, on August 29.