Sony Exec's Departure Could See Spider-Man Negotiations Re-Opened With Marvel
The much-rumored negotiations over Spider-Man movie rights between Marvel and Sony Pictures are rapidly becoming worthy of Hollywood legend. With both sides remaining mysteriously mum on the whole saga, fans and commentators alike are left wondering if Marvel will ever be able to secure the right to feature one of their biggest comic book heroes in their cinematic universe. But with the departure of Sony Pictures' Co-Chair, Amy Pascal, it could be that a big shake up is coming to the studio, which may well give Spidey fans what they want.
The future of Sony Pictures and therefore the Spider-Man negotiations hangs on who is chosen to replace Pascal, with Variety reporting that if Pascal's right-hand man, Doug Beltrand gets the job, not much will change. But certainly Marvel will be looking to seize on this state of Sony flux as an opportunity to reopen the negotiations that appeared dead in the water not long ago.
Many fans are desperate to see Spider-Man take up his place in the Marvel's upcoming Captain America: Civil War storyline, but with that movie less than 18 months away, it's almost impossible to see that happening. Would Marvel want to rewrite their carefully constructed pinnacle to the Captain America trilogy just to bring Spider-Man into the fray? Sure, Spidey plays a vital role in the comic book version of Civil War, but Marvel have been constructing their entire cinematic universe up to this point based on not having Spider-Man in their locker. That being said, Marvel is clearly still incredibly keen to bring Spider-Man under their ownership, and you wouldn't put it past them to have something spectacular planned for him, just in case.
For now, though, it looks like this story, which we once thought finished, may still have some life in it after all.