It seems like everyone believes that it was Sony that decided to turn down the new deal with Disney in regards to how Spider-Man will be handled in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, a new report claims that the House of Mouse was the one who was determined to walk away when both studios were unable to reach an agreement.
The report from The Washington Post points out that although the deal worked out well for both parties back in 2015, the issue came when it was time for a renewal of the agreement. Disney reportedly wanted in on Spider-Man's box office draw (some sources say 50 percent while others report 30 percent) but Sony was not ready to give up that much.
So how does Disney deal with this? The report breaks it down like this:
"Should it let Feige keep guiding the movies despite unfavorable financial terms? Should it keep its subject close, not allowing a studio in a far corner of its empire to go off and do what it would with an important property? Or should it walk away, letting the far-flung corners of its kingdom do as they please and just live off the licensing fee? Disney chose the latter. It opted, uncharacteristically, to give up control, believing the movies weren’t worth their effort for minimal return — and gambling the films may not succeed as much without them anyway."
It's certainly a drastic move considering that Marvel Studios has invested so much in Spider-Man's storyline since Captain America: Civil War. Peter Parker was even left with Tony Stark's works after the latter died in Avengers: Endgame. Unfortunately, it looks like that's a story that will never be explored now that Spider-Man is no longer part of the MCU.
Do you think Sony is to blame for the fallout? Or should Disney reconsider their decision to walk away? Sound off in the comments below.