In an intriguing piece information, there’s a small chance –
an extremely small chance – that Sony Pictures may soon regain complete control
over the cinematic antics of Spider-Man.
Having held the movie rights to Spider-Man since 1999, Sony and
its Columbia Pictures banner got together with Marvel Studios in 2015 to hash
out a deal to bring ol’ Web-head into the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic
Universe. After all, Spider-Man is Marvel Comics’ biggest name, and an MCU without
Spidey just didn’t feel quite right.
That 2015 deal saw Sony effectively borrow Spider-Man to
Marvel Studios to incorporate into the MCU. Any Spider-Man pictures – i.e. Spider-Man:
Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home – were to be joint productions between
Sony and Marvel Studios, with creative input from both parties on how to
showcase the Wall-crawler in these movies.
Courtesy of industry newsletter The Ankler, however, Richard
Rushfield has revealed an intriguing clause in this ongoing agreement. That
clause states that should Spider-Man: Far From Home fail to pass $1 billion at
the box office then full control of Spider-Man will revert back to Sony
Pictures for a third solo outing for Tom Holland’s Spidey.
Now, $1 billion may sound like a huge amount for the movie
to hit, but Far From Home is already close to taking $600 million since
hitting the silver screen on July 2nd. It’s also worth considering that eight
previous MCU movies have managed to surpass that $1 billion mark.
All in all, it seems highly likely that Spider-Man: Far From
Home will indeed pass $1 billion – but should it not, the future of Peter
Parker could be extremely different.