The whole Sony-Disney divorce over Spider-Man as been a developing story over the past twenty-four hours so I decided to gather everything in one place for a chronological record of what’s going on and the most recent news.
It all began yesterday afternoon when Deadline ran their story saying the deal fell apart because Disney waned a 50/50 co-financing deal, where Disney would put up half of the money for Spider-Man movies (Sony currently does 100%), and Sony didn’t want to go for that.
After that set the internet on fire, io9 chimed in with a report where they spoke to a Sony rep who claimed the dispute was due to a producing credit. That claim didn’t last long as Sony then issued an official statement on the situation:
Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film. We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him—including all their newly added Marvel properties—do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own. Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.
Deadline’s article contradicts that by saying it has nothing to do with Kevin Feige not having time for Marvel’s most popular character, and the site even called it spin. Most recently, Deadline updated their story to say that Jon Watts is not signed for a third Spider-Man movie; although Tom Holland may be set for fourth solo movie beyond the three he was signed on for already.
That is the most recent news in the saga of Spider-Man being taken out of the MCU.