Hollywood Reporter got together some of the largest heads from the film and television entertainment together to discuss topics. These range from streaming service ratings, movie star value to China censorship. It offers quite a lot o insight into the industry and also what is happening behind-the-scenes between the various major corporations. Speaking of, Chief Creative Officer and Co-Chairman of Walt Disney Studios Alan Horn and Sony’s Tom Rothman was part of the conversation. This led the way to some interesting reveals regarding the Spider-Man deals and some hints of the MCU’s general future. Horn gave the following statement towards the dispute and pointed out that the fans were a part of what made the deal come together.
“The fan base, which is important to all of us, seemed to really respond to what Tom and his folks have done before with our people. They like the fact that the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Kevin Feige were involved [in the two Spider-Man films]. We heard feedback out there that suggested that joining forces once again was probably really a good idea.”
Rothman also added once the question was raised if Sony would continue the partnership, especially after their successful venture into animation with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
“Yes, we have. But I agree with my distinguished colleague. This was a classic win-win-win. A win for Sony, a win for Disney, a win for the fans. The only thing I would say is that news cycles and the rhythm of negotiations do not necessarily overlap. And this is, in the words of Shakespeare, a consummation devoutly to be wished. We would have gotten there, and the news got ahead of some things.”
One could easily interpret this as a simple kind gesture to not stir the pot unnecessarily. Still, it does make sense to continue the relationship with the Spider-Man franchise. If recent rumors are correct, they are going to be working closely together in the future. Sony gains quite a bit from being tied to the MCU through Tom Holland‘s Peter Parker, as they could see a boost in Box Office numbers through the connection. Moreover, they can share the development of the franchises while keeping it in line with the overall development of the MCU.
What do you think about the comments? Do you think we will see more of their cooperation in the future?