Why Sony Owns Spider-Man


Spider-Guy is one of Marvel's most significant manufacturers, so why does Sony Pictures very own the rights?

Rumors circulated this week that Sony Pictures may possibly be ready to share its film rights to Spider-Male.

This news had followers speculate that the web-slinger may possibly be on his way to Marvel Studios's cinematic universe, which has developed massive blockbusters, such as "The Avengers" and "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Yet, the too good to be real rumors seem to be just that.

"Why would the organization even believe of selling the character that is among its most reliable earners? Response: it would not," wrote Slashfilm's Russ Fischer . "You may well want to see Marvel Studios make an ‘Avengers 2' that attributes Spider-Male, but it ain't occurring."

While the newest film in the series, 2014's "The Wonderful Spider-Gentleman 2" struggled domestically, it brought in $ 708 million around the world, showcasing its worldwide profitability as a franchise for Sony.

And because Sony is in require of a lot more large-display franchises , it can make really minor sense to share Spidey.

Nevertheless, how did Sony get one particular of Marvel's largest brands in the initial spot?

The very first thread of that web begins in the mid-eighties.


In 1985, superhero movies weren't regarded strong box office bets as they are today, so even even though Spider-Man was incredibly popular most studios passed on making a movie on him.

"When Marvel place the characteristic movie legal rights up for sale in 1985, there have been handful of takers," wrote Michael A. Hiltzik for the LA Times in 2002 . "Hollywood was bored with superheroes. The Superman franchise, introduced to huge success in 1979, appeared to have endured untimely arteriosclerosis with the launch of the dreary ‘Superman III' in 1983."

Eventually a little studio, Cannon Movies, bought Spider-Man's film legal rights and experimented with to make a movie based mostly on the comic.

However, Cannon Films went bankrupt and the character transformed fingers several moments.

Litigation in excess of ownership kept the wall-crawler off the screen and in court for years.

It was not until 1999 when Marvel last but not least reclaimed the film legal rights, which it then bought to Sony Photos for a documented $ seven million .


In 2002, Peter Parker and his alter-moi ultimately strike the huge screen.

The Sony-owned Columbia Picture's "Spider-Male" became a large blockbuster raking in $ 114 million in its opening weekend (a report at the time) and grossing $ 821 million worldwide . It also arguably revitalized the superhero movie genre we see today.

Marvel way too waded into the sport and started to release it is own movies with "Iron Guy" in 2008.

In 2009, Disney ( DIS ) acquired the business and each have utilized the genre to excellent vital and box business office accomplishment ( $ 4.five billion around the world because 2012) all with out your welcoming neighborhood Spider-Male.

"Evidently we would choose every little thing be at home, so to communicate," Marvel Studios main Kevin Feige instructed Wired in 2012 . "But we are far more than comfy with the way things stand now, since it worked out fairly well, right?"

Marvel Studios declined to remark and Sony Images did not return calls for comment.