I wasn’t going to post anything regarding a Spider-Man contract or deal until something official (one way or another) came out, but over last two weeks things have gotten way out of hand with a lot of extreme BS being spread around. This is something that was talked about on the podcast this week, but following that I decided to make the article public.
I want to be perfectly honest with everyone. I want to see Spidey back in the MCU, but the actual reality now is things aren’t looking as optimistic as people spreading BS about secret negotiations and fake deals are making it sound.
Firstly, people are attempting to use the silence at the D23 Expo as evidence that nothing is going on. They would never talk about a Sony movie at D23 Expo. It’s entirely about promoting the core Disney brands. Hell, they briefly mentioned the Fox purchase there this year, but they didn’t even talk about any of the Fox movies coming out. It’s all about Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars.
But beyond that, you’re seeing sites claiming there’s some kind of seven-movie deal signed that will bring Venom into the MCU, conventions saying negotiations are going on, and random people on Facebook claiming insider knowledge of talks. None of that is true.
If you look at the timeline of how things played out, there simply has not been an opportunity for “secret negotiations for a seven movie deal” to even happen:
- Deadline broke the news on Tuesday August 20th. The very next day, the entirety of the Walt Disney Company was in Anaheim for the D23 Expo. That includes everyone up through the studio heads and even CEO Bob Iger. There was no chance of any secret negotiation while the entire company was promoting the next two years of projects at a huge convention they put on every other year.
- The week following D23 Expo is a down week leading up to the three-day Labor Day holiday in the US. Again, that wasn’t the time to begin complicated and volatile negotiations when a three-day holiday was looming.
Now that we’re past the Labor Day holiday in the US, it’s possible there may be some kind of talks talking place in the next couple of weeks. But fans also have to be prepared for them to lead nowhere based on who is in charge of Spider-Man at the moment.
People really need to do a little research as to why movies like X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine turned out the way they did before thinking that Spider-Man is currently in good hands. We can only hope that cooler heads prevail and the powers-that-be can be convinced that both sides need each other in order for Spider-Man to come close to reproducing the $1 billion success that Spider-Man: Far From Home was.