With the global box-office success of Venom and the phenomenally rave reviews that Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is receiving, Sony’s triumphs with movies have suddenly become fodder for discussion. Amidst all this, the studio’s Spider-Man deal with Marvel about to expire soon has fans worried. If Sony chief Amy Pascal’s words are anything to go by, the deal may wind up being extended.
In an interview to Vanity Fair, Pascal hoped for a future where things worked out with Marvel and the two studios agreed to extend the deal to continue to feature Spidey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
I can only hope for a future where things work out. I’ve known Kevin since he was Avi’s very, very quiet assistant, who for many years sat in that room listening to us and being so much smarter than any of us without any of us realizing it. I will say that working with Marvel has been one of the highlights of my professional career.Sony Chief Amy Pascal on working with Marvel and Kevin Feige on Spider-Man
Her concern is not purely based out of love for fans. Spider-Man’s appearance in the MCU has done wonders for the character, with his own Spider-Man: Homecoming grossing $880 million worldwide, becoming the second highest grossing Spider-Man movie in the process. Tom Holland’s portrayal has been well received and the character’s popularity has only been boosted after fans saw him interact with Marvel’s ensemble of superheroes in Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. It goes without saying then that it makes business sense for Sony to extend the deal with Marvel, hand them creative control and reap the business benefits out of the alliance.
Amy Pascal sparked some concerns about her plans when she hinted in an earlier interview that she believes Venom would end up in the same shared MCU harbored by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. Feige’s confounded look during the time had made it very clear that the two were on different pages in regards to the nature of Sony’s spin-offs. It remains to be seen if there’s going to be any reconciliation between the two but as of now, a desire for extension coming out of Sony than Marvel should provide hope to Marvel fans that things could very well be worked out.