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Sony and Disney Execs Discuss New Deal And 'Hope' It Leads To Spider-Man Being in More MCU Films

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By Christian Avina

Spider-Man has always been one of Marvel's most popular characters and becoming part of Disney's MCU has launched Tom Holland and the web-slinger into new stardom.

When it comes to the back end of things, Sony still owns the rights to Spider-Man as they are the only other studio to own the rights to Marvel characters, now that Fox has merged with Disney. The studio executives' first time negotiating didn't go so well as it seemed to be the end of Tom Holland as Spider-Man.

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Current Negotiations

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At the moment, Tom Holland is still Spider-Man as another solo film is planned for 2021. What intrigues interest about this is the aftermath of when that movie is released. Tom Rothman from Sony and Alan Horn from Disney were part of The Hollywood Reporter's recent studio executives roundtable where the guests discuss particular topics about the entertainment industry. There were many topics talked about by these top execs, but, the inevitable happened and the topic of Spider-Man came up.

Disney vs Sony

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Horn and Rothman both chose their words carefully when discussing the situation as any poor choice of phrase could be grabbed out of context and used against in potential new deal. Reportedly the result of renegotiations after Sony allowed the character to join the MCU with Captain America: Civil War back in 2015. Rothman, in particular, chalked up much of the aggressions to the news reports and most likely the fans, and not the actual negotiations between him and Disney.

The Roundtable

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The discussion between the two executives continued, "News cycles and the rhythm of negotiations do not necessarily overlap," Rothman said. "I think that this is, in the words of Shakespeare, a consummation devoutly to be wished, and I think we would have gotten there. The news got ahead of some things."

All Horn said is, "I agree with that."

According to Horn, the fans' passion to keep Spider-Man in the MCU had a major role to play in resolving the issue between the studios. It' a little heart-warming to see execs see the love Spider-Man had and come to an agreement.

"The fanbase, which is important to all of us, seemed to really respond to what Tom [Rothman] and his folks had done before with our people, and they like it," Horn said. "They like the fact that the MCU and Kevin Feige were involved and we heard feedback out there that suggested joining forces once again was probably really a good idea."

How Tom Holland Saved Spider-Man in the MCU

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When Sony was said to pull Spider-Man away from the MCU, Holland, and fans all over the world were devastated. Holland first heard the news at the D23 expo and got in contact with Bob Iger, the CEO of The Walt Disney Company, simply to thank him for the opportunity to be in the MCU. The two exchanged emails and Iger was able to get Holland on the phone as the conversation was instrumental in keeping the web-slinger in the MCU.

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