Sony, who owns the rights to super-powered teen spidey, allowed Disney (who owns Marvel Studios) to use the rights to Spider-Man for free in exchange for Sony getting to keep the profit for the Spider-Man movies they produce on their own, with the added benefit of getting extra publicity from the Marvel flicks.
Variety called into question how practical the deal was, especially since there may be opposing creative forces steering the direction the character goes. However, the first reaction to Spider-Man’s appearance in Captain America: Civil War was overwhelmingly positive.
In a recent installment of “Fatman on Batman,” a podcast featuring Kevin Smith, podcast producer Matt Key spoke with Collider about the possibility of Fox following Sony’s lead.
Key said, “I’ve heard from a few of my sources, my little birds, that Fox and Marvel have kind of talked, but not really, but there’s interest from Fox, like…’What they did with Sony and Spider-Man is actually pretty cool.'”
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