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Sony will "never ever ever" let the rights to Spider-man revert to Disney and Marvel

May. 23, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Rumors were swirling yesterday regarding the current financial situation at Sony and whether or not it would cost them the rights to the Spider-man franchise. After three successful films with Sam Raimi and one with Marc Webb plus THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 slated for next year, it seemed an odd choice for Sony to part with arguably their most lucrative property.

As it turns out, they won't. Ain't It Cool reached out to Amy Pascal, co-chair of Sony Entertainment, to ask if they would relinquish the rights to Spider-man, which one would assume would put the property into the hands of Marvel and Disney. Her response:

"Never ever ever."

The quote that set this all in motion came from Comic Book Therapy who cited a financial report suggesting "Sony has said that it will consider a proposal from activist investor Daniel Loeb that the group should sell off parts of its music and movies business, which includes popular franchises Spider-Man and Resident Evil and the weepy ballads of Brit crooner Adele." The report never specifically named those properties as being on the table, it was just assumption.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 will likely gross more than the first film, which would put it in the $250-$300 million range in the U.S. alone. Sony could likely command a big price from Disney for the rights to Spider-man movies as the character would be a natural fit for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. An argument could be made that Spider-man would fit in well at Fox as well since Spider-man has had numerous cross-overs with the Fantastic Four in the comic world.

As it stands, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 will not be the last Sony produced movie featuring the webslinger. But, you cannot rule out the studios making some sort of arrangement, can you?

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2:32AM on 05/25/2013
The X-men story was ridiculous but this one at least makes much more sense. Spider-Man is the one big franchise that makes Sony money, so why would they revert the rights to Disney. Just wish they would make better movies out of the character.
The X-men story was ridiculous but this one at least makes much more sense. Spider-Man is the one big franchise that makes Sony money, so why would they revert the rights to Disney. Just wish they would make better movies out of the character.
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2:54PM on 05/24/2013
Hope she's just bluffing. I want Spiderman back to Marvel.
Hope she's just bluffing. I want Spiderman back to Marvel.
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1:09AM on 05/24/2013

that video

shows that superheroes actually can co-exist with normal people in real life..
shows that superheroes actually can co-exist with normal people in real life..
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7:41PM on 05/23/2013
Can't say I blame them--why would they do that? Still, it would be something to see Spider-Man team up with The Avengers on screen. Maybe one day!
Can't say I blame them--why would they do that? Still, it would be something to see Spider-Man team up with The Avengers on screen. Maybe one day!
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7:16PM on 05/23/2013

Alex Maidy strikes again with another non-news item

...Like this is actually news. Of course Sony don't want to let the rights revert to Marvel. Spider-Man is their cash cow.
...Like this is actually news. Of course Sony don't want to let the rights revert to Marvel. Spider-Man is their cash cow.
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9:28AM on 05/24/2013
How is this non-news?? If the company is having financial difficulties and recommendations are being made to make cuts in its movie department, Spider man would be a huge chunk of change to unload and get them out of the red if they wanted too. Not saying it would be a smart move, they should dump Resident Evil however. Quit dumping on the writer, he just provided a source that someone else posted elsewhere and brought it here for us to be informed.
How is this non-news?? If the company is having financial difficulties and recommendations are being made to make cuts in its movie department, Spider man would be a huge chunk of change to unload and get them out of the red if they wanted too. Not saying it would be a smart move, they should dump Resident Evil however. Quit dumping on the writer, he just provided a source that someone else posted elsewhere and brought it here for us to be informed.
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6:15PM on 05/23/2013

That's just fine.

I don't want Spider-Man anywhere near anything Avengers related anyway.
I don't want Spider-Man anywhere near anything Avengers related anyway.
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6:33PM on 05/23/2013
Spider-Man is in the Avengers.
Spider-Man is in the Avengers.
12:49PM on 05/24/2013
For just a brief period of time in the comics. Never should have been, though.
For just a brief period of time in the comics. Never should have been, though.
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4:55PM on 05/23/2013
Would love for Marvel to get this back...but then after four movies...five including the next one...think we would need a serious break from it. I just don't think another reboot should happen...but then that's what I think they would need to do since Spider-man 3 f**cked up any chance of Marvel fitting that version of events in to their universe...and I wouldn't be happy with the new version being used either. It would probably be best for Marvel to start from scratch...but a second reboot
Would love for Marvel to get this back...but then after four movies...five including the next one...think we would need a serious break from it. I just don't think another reboot should happen...but then that's what I think they would need to do since Spider-man 3 f**cked up any chance of Marvel fitting that version of events in to their universe...and I wouldn't be happy with the new version being used either. It would probably be best for Marvel to start from scratch...but a second reboot within...what...15 years or so...would devalue the character for me. Perhaps, long term...when Marvel reboot their movie universe again Spider-man can be bought in then if they get the rights back.
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4:28PM on 05/23/2013
If Star Wars was bought for what, $4 billion? I wonder how much Spider-Man is worth.

Anyway, If Marvel take it, I hope they don't do another origin story!
If Star Wars was bought for what, $4 billion? I wonder how much Spider-Man is worth.

Anyway, If Marvel take it, I hope they don't do another origin story!
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4:09PM on 05/23/2013
Disney must not want it that badly. If they did, they would already have it. They could offer Sony the total profits of all Spider-man movies several times over if they really wanted to. I'd like to see Pascal say "never ever ever" if that ever happened.
Disney must not want it that badly. If they did, they would already have it. They could offer Sony the total profits of all Spider-man movies several times over if they really wanted to. I'd like to see Pascal say "never ever ever" if that ever happened.
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4:08PM on 05/23/2013
After Marvel screwed up the Mandarin, I say let Sony keeps the rights.
After Marvel screwed up the Mandarin, I say let Sony keeps the rights.
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3:47PM on 05/23/2013

good.

Fuck marvel.
Fuck marvel.
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6:36PM on 05/23/2013
Fuck You! J/K dude. It's marvel's own fault. Being greedy for money they sold their properties now they selfishly want them back.
Fuck You! J/K dude. It's marvel's own fault. Being greedy for money they sold their properties now they selfishly want them back.
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2:39PM on 05/23/2013

Forget Spider-Man

Forget Spider-Man in the Avengers... How about Spider-Pig? Damn! Fox owns the rights to that one.
Forget Spider-Man in the Avengers... How about Spider-Pig? Damn! Fox owns the rights to that one.
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5:19PM on 05/23/2013
Actually, it's Peter Porker The Spectacular Spider-Ham.
Actually, it's Peter Porker The Spectacular Spider-Ham.
2:31PM on 05/23/2013
That Spiderman video at the bottom was more entertaining than the last movie.
That Spiderman video at the bottom was more entertaining than the last movie.
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2:20PM on 05/23/2013

It once was said

As WWE wrestler Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase used to say " EVERYBODY'S GOT A PRICE"
(Theme song) money money money money
As WWE wrestler Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase used to say " EVERYBODY'S GOT A PRICE"
(Theme song) money money money money
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2:14PM on 05/23/2013

It once was said

As WWE wrestler Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase used to say " EVERYBODY'S GOT A PRICE"
(Theme song) money money money money
As WWE wrestler Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase used to say " EVERYBODY'S GOT A PRICE"
(Theme song) money money money money
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1:34PM on 05/23/2013

Never ever ever?

Keep telling yourself that as captain of a sinking ship. We'll see what goes first - the business or the license...
Keep telling yourself that as captain of a sinking ship. We'll see what goes first - the business or the license...
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1:32PM on 05/23/2013

so what if....

Marvel invented a new superhero comic series called "Arachnid-Guy" then made a movie adaptation where he joins the Avengers. they're not using Spider-Man so Sony can't call foul, and Marvel wouldn't sue themselves over copyright infringement. right?
Marvel invented a new superhero comic series called "Arachnid-Guy" then made a movie adaptation where he joins the Avengers. they're not using Spider-Man so Sony can't call foul, and Marvel wouldn't sue themselves over copyright infringement. right?
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1:31PM on 05/23/2013
Oh well. Mediocre Spidey movies are better than none.

And why exactly is it so important for so many to see him in an Avengers flick? Not enough characters for you?
Oh well. Mediocre Spidey movies are better than none.

And why exactly is it so important for so many to see him in an Avengers flick? Not enough characters for you?
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1:37PM on 05/23/2013
well Spider-Man is one of the key Avengers in the comics. i think would gladly trade hawkeye, maria hill, ant man, dr. strange and the guardians of the galaxy for spidey. (still need scarlett though).
well Spider-Man is one of the key Avengers in the comics. i think would gladly trade hawkeye, maria hill, ant man, dr. strange and the guardians of the galaxy for spidey. (still need scarlett though).
5:21PM on 05/23/2013
TAE K, Spider-Man didn't become a member of the Avengers until recent years. The only reason he and Wolverine are members of The Avengers, is because of they're popularity.
TAE K, Spider-Man didn't become a member of the Avengers until recent years. The only reason he and Wolverine are members of The Avengers, is because of they're popularity.
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1:12PM on 05/23/2013
It is kind of sad in a way. With Disney acquiring Marvel and becoming such a powerhouse in the comic book movie adaptation department and Sony doing so well with Spidey you would think the two could strike a deal which would allow Disney and Marvel to use Spidey in an Avengers movies while Sony still maintaining the official rights.
It is kind of sad in a way. With Disney acquiring Marvel and becoming such a powerhouse in the comic book movie adaptation department and Sony doing so well with Spidey you would think the two could strike a deal which would allow Disney and Marvel to use Spidey in an Avengers movies while Sony still maintaining the official rights.
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1:10PM on 05/23/2013
Disney bought Star Wars and they charge close to $90 a ticket for their amusement parks. Trust me, the mouse can afford the spider.
Disney bought Star Wars and they charge close to $90 a ticket for their amusement parks. Trust me, the mouse can afford the spider.
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1:08PM on 05/23/2013
"The answer is never--NEVER EVER!"--Ricky Bobby
"The answer is never--NEVER EVER!"--Ricky Bobby
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12:55PM on 05/23/2013

Too bad

I mean, They have made more good movies than bad with Spidey (unlike fox and their marvel properties) but it would be nice to see him in the avengers some time down the road
I mean, They have made more good movies than bad with Spidey (unlike fox and their marvel properties) but it would be nice to see him in the avengers some time down the road
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12:50PM on 05/23/2013
I wish a boycott of ASM2 would work but it'd never come to fruition with all the masses flocking to summer movies

It does look good and I am interested, don't get me wrong. I just wanna see my pal Spidey on screen with Cap, Tony and Thor at some point.
I wish a boycott of ASM2 would work but it'd never come to fruition with all the masses flocking to summer movies

It does look good and I am interested, don't get me wrong. I just wanna see my pal Spidey on screen with Cap, Tony and Thor at some point.
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8:56PM on 05/23/2013
I am boycotting Amazing Spider-Man 2. Let us boycott. Let us encourage others. Let's see what happens. Very likely, others plan to skip the second Webb film. The first is a very divisive movie that many checked-out because they thought it might be another good Spidey-movie such as Raimi's.
I am boycotting Amazing Spider-Man 2. Let us boycott. Let us encourage others. Let's see what happens. Very likely, others plan to skip the second Webb film. The first is a very divisive movie that many checked-out because they thought it might be another good Spidey-movie such as Raimi's.
12:43PM on 05/23/2013
Peter Parker not only spins webs, he spins lots and lots of cash. "Never ever ever" does sound a tiny bit whiny, but yeah, of course they would be possessive of the property. That's the main reason why "The Amazing Spider-Man" was made, so they'd be able to hang on to the rights.
Peter Parker not only spins webs, he spins lots and lots of cash. "Never ever ever" does sound a tiny bit whiny, but yeah, of course they would be possessive of the property. That's the main reason why "The Amazing Spider-Man" was made, so they'd be able to hang on to the rights.
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12:40PM on 05/23/2013
Of course they wouldn't and won't let it go. Spider-Man has been Sony's money maker since Sam Raimi's 1st Spider-Man movie. Sony'd be crazy to let it go.
Of course they wouldn't and won't let it go. Spider-Man has been Sony's money maker since Sam Raimi's 1st Spider-Man movie. Sony'd be crazy to let it go.
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12:39PM on 05/23/2013
Sadly, I'm afraid as long as Avi Arad has his hand in the franchise we'll never get a "perfect" Spider-Man movie. Don't get me wrong, I love a lot of about the previous films, but I want to see a wise-cracking wall crawler for the majority of a movie, not just one of two scenes. Arad seems to have an open disdain for a funny hero for some reason.
Sadly, I'm afraid as long as Avi Arad has his hand in the franchise we'll never get a "perfect" Spider-Man movie. Don't get me wrong, I love a lot of about the previous films, but I want to see a wise-cracking wall crawler for the majority of a movie, not just one of two scenes. Arad seems to have an open disdain for a funny hero for some reason.
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