How the Dead ‘Spider-Man’ Deal Fueled Sony’s Rebound

What a difference a Disney deal makes

If Sony truly ends up leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it does so in a far stronger position than it did before Tony Stark and Peter Parker shared the screen together.

The news broke Tuesday that Disney, which owns Marvel Studios and the MCU, was ending its partnership with Sony, which makes the Spider-Man films. A person familiar with Disney’s thinking told TheWrap on Tuesday that the company considers the matter closed, and isn’t negotiating any further. Other sources told TheWrap that Sony believes the dispute is simply over a producer credit, and that negotiations are ongoing.

The MCU’s Spider-Man, played to critical and popular acclaim by Tom Holland, has appeared in five films that have grossed just over $8 billion worldwide combined. Of those five, the two stand-alone films financed and distributed by Sony, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” have grossed nearly $2 billion worldwide, with “Far From Home” becoming Sony’s highest grossing film ever this past weekend with over $1.1 billion grossed.

On top of that, Holland appeared in three superhero-loaded MCU installments that made billions more for Disney: “Captain America: Civil War,”…

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Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com