Published 3 hour ago on 21 Aug 1919
After Disney and Sony talks have apparently broken down over the rights and usage of the Spider-Man property, Spider-Man might be leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony has officially come forward to respond to the whole mess.
Much of today's news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige's involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney's decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film. We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him - including all their newly added Marvel properties - do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own. Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.
It was announced earlier today that a deal between Disney and Sony to keep Spider-Man at Marvel Studios had come to a standstill. It sounded like Tom Holland's Peter Parker would no longer be a part of the MCU. Some were holding out hope that things could get worked out. But it appears that Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige will no longer be a producer on any upcoming Spider-Man projects. Sony has officially gone public, responding to the stand-off between their company and Disney to keep the web-slinger in the Marvel Studios family.
Sony's public response was rare for the Studio, but many Marvel fans had started to boycott the company shortly after the news of Kevin Feige's departure was announced. Though that news came prematurely. In the statement, Sony clarifies that they are disappointed with the way things have turned out. And they place the blame squarely on Disney for pulling Feige away from the next Spider-Man sequel.
Sony made sure to praise Kevin Feige, who was noted earlier as helping Sony on some of its other Marvel movies not directly tied to the MCU such as the Venom movies and the upcoming Morbius The Living Vampire, though Feige has gone uncredited.
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The conceit is that with Kevin Feige gone as a producer on Spider-Man, Peter Parker is no longer a part of the MCU, with future movies taking place outside of that universe. We're not sure exactly how that will work. And it's sure to come as a disappointment to Tom Holland, who was planning a long stay with Marvel Studios.
The standoff between Sony and Disney is said to have come from Disney's insistence that they be financed on a 50/50 basis when it came to the movies. Sony allegedly wanted to keep things under their current terms, which had Marvel Studios only getting 5% of the first-dollar gross, though they got all merchandising revenues. The concern became that Kevin Feige was being 'spread to thin', especially with all the shows Disney+ is about to launch that are tied directly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Back in 2015, Marvel and Sony, working with Disney, struck a deal that aloud the two studios to share the Spider-Man rights. This led to Tom Holland debuting as Peter Parker in 2016's Captain America: Civil War. He has appeared in two standalone movies, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, as well as the MCU sequels Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Sony distributed the solo movies, while Disney handled the group efforts.
It is believed that Sony has two more standalone Spider-Man movies starring Tom Holland in the works. They have not been officially announced. Marvel Phase 4 was announced at Comic-Con and did not include anything Spider-Man related. You can read the Sony Tweets below.
Published 8 hour ago on 21 Aug 1919
The internet has been set ablaze by the news that Sony Pictures and Disney are reportedly parting ways on future Spider-Man movies. This has led the hashtag #BoycottSony to begin trending on social media, as many fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are not at all pleased, should this news prove to be true. But there are many layers to the situation, which is becoming seemingly more complex by the minute.
First, here's what happened. A report indicated that Sony, who still owns the rights to Spider-Man and his rogues gallery of characters, couldn't reach financial terms with Disney and Marvel Studios on further sequels to Spider-Man: Far From Home. As such, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is said to no longer be creatively involved in the future Spider-Man movies and Sony would press forward with two solo sequels on their own, with Jon Watts attached to direct and Tom Holland set to reprise his role.
However, the implication is that Spider-Man could no longer be connected to the MCU. That means that Peter Parker can't appear in any future MCU movies following Avengers: Endgame, nor can the inevitable Spider-Man 3 have any real ties to the MCU. That makes things extremely complicated for both sides. Given the popularity of the MCU up to this point, and the love fans have for Tom Holland's version of the webslinger, certain fans started to voice their distaste using the #BoycottSony hashtag, and it really took off.
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It's well worth mentioning that some conflicting reports are floating around right now. Several reports say that Sony and Disney could still reach a deal, and that part of the issue has boiled down to producer credits. The consensus seems to be that Disney wanted a bigger slice of the pie. The studio is said to have offered Sony terms with a 50/50 co-financing deal on future installments of the franchise. As of right now, Marvel Studios produces the solo movies, but only ends up sharing about 5 percent of the profits. Sony didn't agree to those terms and that has led to a stalemate.
Sony ultimately failed with The Amazing Spider-Man reboot, led by Andrew Garfield, which led to the deal with Marvel Studios in 2015. Since then, not only have Spider-Man: Far From Home and Homecoming been huge hits, but the movies Tom Holland appeared in alongside his fellow heroes, Captain America: Civil War, Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, have been monumentally successful. Meanwhile, Sony has had luck flying solo on the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and the spin-off Venom. For both sides, it's easy to see where they stand, but it could come at a big cost for fans who want to see this creative partnership continue. Be sure to check out the tweets we've collected below. News of the split between Sony and Disney was first reported by Deadline.
Published 11 hour ago on 21 Aug 1919
UPDATE: Hollywood Reporter has confirmed a report that Sony and Marvel Studios' preexisting Spider-Man licensing deal fell apart, which will almost certainly take Tom Holland's Peter Parker out of the MCU. See our original post below. &mdash&ndash Between trying to figure out how to insert Deadpool into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and overcoming Dark Phoenix&lsquos pry box office performance, Kevin Feige's Marvel Studios has its hands full. After all, the independent film studio turned Disney affiliate turned X-Men and Fantastic Four license owner doesn't really have too much free time these days. According to a new report from Deadline, however, Feige's schedule has probably been even more hectic than previously imagined.
That's because, per Deadline's sources, the carefully orchestrated deal between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures that allowed for the creation and use of Tom Holland's Spider-Man franchise within the confines of the MCU is now no more. “A dispute that has taken place over the past few months at the top of Disney and Sony has essentially nixed Feige, and the future involvement of Marvel from the Spider-Man universe,“ reads the report:
So, what's the problem? It's money, obviously, and judging by how phenomenally well Spider-Man: Far From Home has done at the global box office, the precise problem is just how much more there is to be gained from the character. The original deal had a majority of Far From Home and Homecoming&lsquos profits going straight to Sony, while Marvel Studios took only five percent off the first dollar gross. According to the report, though, negotiations fell through when Disney asked to change that figure to a 50/50 split.
Of course, this doesn't mean that Holland's Spider-Man is no more. As previously stated, both he and director Jon Watts are still committed to two more films in Sony's latest iteration of the franchise. When it comes to seeing the always-spritely Peter Parker pop up in the next big MCU adventure, however&hellip it seems there's no guarantee.
Published 11 hour ago on 21 Aug 1919
It's officially official: The Matrix 4 is happening. After several years of rumors, hearsay and speculation, Warner Bros. has officially announced that a sequel in the iconic franchise is coming our way.
What's more, Keanu Reeves is set to reprise his role as Neo, with Carrie-Anne Moss also coming back as Trinity. Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the original trilogy with her sister Lily Wachowski, is on board to direct and co-write the script.
According to a new report, Lana Wachowski is officially signed on to direct the fourth installment, flying solo this time around. Wachowski will co-write the screenplay with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell. We had previously heard that Zak Penn had been hired to pen a potential follow-up. Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich confirmed the news personally. Emmerich had this to say in a statement.
We could not be more excited to be re-entering 'The Matrix' with Lana. Lana is a true visionary, a singular and original creative filmmaker, and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in 'The Matrix' universe."
It isn't clear at the present time why Lilly Wachowski isn't returning alongside her sister for the new movie. It was previously suggested by John Wick franchise director Chad Stahelski that a new Matrix movie was in the works. Stahelski worked as a stuntman on the original trilogy. Those reports were quickly walked back. Though, it now appears he was right. Lana Wachowski had this to say in a statement.
"Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I'm very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends."
Plot details for the sequel are currently being kept under wraps. Previous reports indicated that the new movie rumored to be in development would have been a prequel, with Michael B. Jordan Black Panther possibly set to star. With both Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss set to return, this will be a true sequel. It's not yet clear if other stars of the franchise such as Laurence Fishbourne, who played Morpheus, will also be returning.
The Matrix, released in 1999, was a groundbreaking and heralded cinematic achievement at the time of its release. The sci-fi flick went on to inspire two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, both of which are maligned by many fans of the original. The three movies grossed a combined $1.63 billion at the box office. Given the recent resurgence of Keanu Reeves, coupled with Hollywood's reboot-happy nature, the timing seems perfect to bring Neo back to the big screen for a bit of redemption. The Matrix 4 does not yet have a release date. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on the project are made available. This news comes to us via Variety.
Published 11 hour ago on 19 Jul 1919
The Cats trailer is here and people don't really know what to make of it. Obviously, there are more than a few who love everything about it. What's not to like? It's an iconic musical and it has an all-star cast with Taylor Swift on board, so naturally, people are going to love it. However, there are also those who find the actual look of Tom Hooper's upcoming movie to be horrifying. Sonic the Hedgehog cries are being ignored and suddenly everybody forgets Will Smith even played the Genie in the Aladdin reboot.
Seeing these human A-list actors as naked CGI cats is something original, that's for sure. One person on social media simply said, "what the actual f*ck," after seeing the Cats trailer for the first time. That one simple thought seems to echo those of many on social media. The realistic digital fur technology is on full display and it either looks groundbreaking or the complete opposite, depending on your point of view. One viewer declares, "these effects are worse than Sonic."
Was Sonic all that bad looking or was it just a bunch of people piling on? The same can be said about the Cats trailer, but Universal Pictures isn't going to go back and redesign these particular felines, no matter how hard people whine and turn the movie into one giant meme. "Well, I now no longer fear death," was another reaction to the trailer, which is a very similar reaction to Will Smith's CGI Genie in the Aladdin remake. Smith and Disney were torn apart by social media, but Smith laughed it off and the studio is currently laughing all the way to the bank as the movie approaches $1 billion.
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Cats is one of the most beloved Broadway Musicals of all time, so there are going to be some opinions about it either way. But, social media is allowing people to say whatever they want and some apparently don't like the trailer at all. "I don't know about you, but this is total doo-doo," says one person, while another person noticed, "ah yes, just as I suspected: the cats have human boobs." The anatomy of the cats in the trailer is rather peculiar, but we're talking about human-cat hybrids here, which is just kind of creepy.
Everybody loves creepy cat videos and the Cats trailer proves it. While some don't like what they're seeing, they're still having fun with it and the movie will more than likely be box office gold, allowing purchases of the good kitty litter. Then again, San Diego Comic-Con is going on right now and social media is being bombarded with trailers and news, so Cats may just be the cherry on top for a busy entertainment news day. Regardless, you can watch the trailer below, thanks to the Universal Pictures YouTube channel, along with some social media reactions.