UPDATE: Sony May Part With SPIDER-MAN Movie Rights; Will Peter Parker Join The MCU?

We've known for a while now that Sony has been having some financial problems, but a new report seemingly indicates that the studio may be considering selling off some of their movie franchises. Could this lead to a return to Marvel Studios for Spider-Man?

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By Josh Wilding - 5/22/2013

Comic Book Therapy points to a report which seemingly indicates that Sony are considering a proposal from investor Daniel Loeb and his hedge fund company Third Point. What proposal? Well, they've been struggling financially for quite some time now and while they're not exactly going to go bust anytime soon, they may be forced to sell some assets in order to both save and make some money. Loeb has suggested that they sell some of their entertainment properties, including the Resident Evil and Spider-Man franchises. Sony Chief executive Kazuo Hirai has confirmed to investors that they are indeed considering this proposal in order for them to focus on their electronics division. "Third Point’s proposal involves the way we manage a core business of the Sony group and the direction of our management. So the Sony board will give it thorough consideration before replying to Mr Loeb." Whether this actually happens remains to be seen, especially as it's difficult to imagine them wanting to part with such a prime cash cow. However, if billions were to be offered, it's hard to imagine Sony turning down such a lucrative sum especially if they've decided to get out of the movie biz. Whether this would ultimately mean that Spider-Man finds his way home to Marvel Studios is also unclear at this point, but if this does happen, Disney would surely be interested in taking back Peter Parker!

UPDATE: Just to clear up any confusion in regards to the quote from Hirai above, The Register very clearly states that, "Sony has said that it will consider a proposal from activist investor Daniel Loeb that the group should sell off parts of its music and movies business, which includes popular franchises Spider-Man and Resident Evil and the weepy ballads of Brit crooner Adele." However, it appears as if they got their facts wrong and may have jumped the gun - on closer inspection of the original proposal, these properties are never directly mentioned and it instead seems as if Sony would just create a separate company to deal with their entertainment division, while using public investors in order to help them increase revenue. It's all rather complicated, but the simple version is that we probably should expect to see the wall-crawling superhero stay where he is for the time being. It was a nice thought though, eh?
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JordanKing - 5/22/2013, 11:02 AM
Well.. that just happened.
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 5/22/2013, 11:04 AM
Well that escalated quickly...
SpoonWielder - 5/22/2013, 11:05 AM
blvdnoise - 5/22/2013, 11:05 AM
I love lamp...
AlibiBreakfast - 5/22/2013, 11:06 AM
Spidey back at Marvel would be AMAZING!
ATrueHero1987 - 5/22/2013, 11:08 AM
I HIGHLY doubt this! Nope....
MrMartinMarvel - 5/22/2013, 11:09 AM
Until it's confirmed otherwise you know I'll believe it.
JerBear - 5/22/2013, 11:10 AM
I'd be okay with this as long as they continue with the same cast and simply integrate Webb Spidey into the MCU.
TonyChu - 5/22/2013, 11:10 AM
Please God let this happen!
ManofSteel22 - 5/22/2013, 11:11 AM
To much money in spider man to sell him..or that might be a reason to sell him,lots of dosh
TonyChu - 5/22/2013, 11:12 AM
And while we are at it get Fox to do the same with Dr Doom, Galactus, Silver Surfer, Fantastic Four and X Men.
Extremis - 5/22/2013, 11:12 AM
Please please let this be true.although i highly doubt it since spidey is profitable for them.
ColonelKilgore - 5/22/2013, 11:12 AM
God I hope so.
MrMartinMarvel - 5/22/2013, 11:14 AM
NO GARFIELD SPIDER-MAN!!!!
FightAs0ne - 5/22/2013, 11:15 AM
Hmmm Spidey coming back to Marvel?
rockerdude22 - 5/22/2013, 11:18 AM
I won't jump for joy just yet, but if true, that would be awesome! Can you imagine how much cash an Iron-Man and Spidey cross-over film would make?!
BlackIceJoe - 5/22/2013, 11:21 AM
I would love this to happen but I don't think it will. Why Spider-Man has brought In some good money for Sony. So unless the price is a big one I don't see Sony giving Spidy up. I my self would prefer to see Fox give up the Marvel properties over Sony.

I do think Sony would be willing to sell the rights of Spidy to Marvel so Spidy can be in the next Avengers movie. Plus allow Marvel the rights to the Spidy Villians too. But not the whole rights to the IP because Spider-Man has been good for Sony. Maybe not to the fans liking but to the corporate of Sony. They have made good money and even with the trouble Sony has been in I don't see them giving up their cash cow.
Blarcade - 5/22/2013, 11:23 AM
@monkeyballs The Resident Evil films are made for next to nothing compared to other popular franchises, and make hundreds of millions of dollars in the worldwide box office.
Curmudgeon - 5/22/2013, 11:25 AM
Oh for... how stupid do you have to be?

They're NOT talking about selling off franchises, they're talking about creating and selling stock/shares for the company's entertainment assets.

stevengil - 5/22/2013, 11:30 AM
I think it makes the most sense to just partner. Let Disney fork the cash to make the movies and market and all you do is have spiderman pop up in the shared universe. It is a win, win for both parties. You dont need to spend money on a director or the process of movie making and you just license your character for a fee or percent of the gross.
GodzillaKart - 5/22/2013, 11:33 AM
That would be fun if it happened.
spidey1994 - 5/22/2013, 11:35 AM
Please keep the TASM cast and the new suit please if true!
Earth69 - 5/22/2013, 11:36 AM
Spidey in the Avengers 2 would be awesome.
LucasMend - 5/22/2013, 11:37 AM
[frick] YEAH. Give RESIDENT EVIL to a proper studio and let's hope they do something good.
As for SPIDER-MAN, reboot it if goes back to marvel. YES!
Hope it's true and happens.
Danbojohnj - 5/22/2013, 11:39 AM
Spidey should be at home.
DioFoRio - 5/22/2013, 11:40 AM
I can't wait to see the Daniel Loeb Studio Spider-Man flick. Spiderman, Attorney at law.
NoAssemblyReqd - 5/22/2013, 11:40 AM
If TASM ever becomes a part of the MCU (not holding my breath), I'd hope some additional footage is filmed for the first movie to help place it logically in the timeline of that universe. Or is that too George Lucas-y?
jimoakley666 - 5/22/2013, 11:41 AM
I'm enjoying the Spidey films as it is, so, couldn't care less. Besides, there's already talk of Sony and Marvel getting chummy with the potential inclusion of Stark and Osborne towers in the other franchises. I don't see why Marvel, if it were to happen, don't just merge Webb's Spidey series into it's own MCU. Garfield is great and so is everything else so far.
sephiroth211 - 5/22/2013, 11:41 AM
LORD JESUS THANK YOU!!! I MAY GET A GOOD RESIDENT EVIL BASED ON JILL LIKE I WAS SUPPOSED TO GET IN THE BEGINNING!!
DioFoRio - 5/22/2013, 11:41 AM
@Firg..that always happens though with first iterations. First DVD player sold for some ludicrous amount of cash...thousands.
DioFoRio - 5/22/2013, 11:42 AM
they should sell the rights to WB and blow peoples minds.
thunderforce - 5/22/2013, 11:43 AM
I wonder if they are even allowed to sell the rights to someone else or if there is any clause that if they tried to sell that it would automatically revert back to Marvel .
jerryblake - 5/22/2013, 11:43 AM
selling two most grossing franchises? This is stupid. MGM was in financial crisis and look at them now. They did not sell rights to Bond, this movie series (plus the money from Hobbit distribution and goverment anti-bankcruptcy plan) save the whole company.
Sony could go the same way here ...
KeefNCookies - 5/22/2013, 11:43 AM
This is too good to be true... I refuse to believe just because if untrue, my spirit would shatter.
dezdigi - 5/22/2013, 11:44 AM
This would be awesome. Too many rumors about this type of stuff. I really wish Marvel would buy back Galactus and SS though.
HAILHYDRA - 5/22/2013, 11:45 AM
If he does return to Marvel Studios, Spidey will need another reboot because that last movie doesn't fit into the MCU. And let's face it. Does anyone really wanna see another Spider-Man origin movie?
EdgyOutsider - 5/22/2013, 11:45 AM
I'm not saying it will but, if Sony does give the rights back. Then this should totally happen in Avengers 3



Now that, would put asses in seats. Plus, if Spidey does go back. Keep, The Amazing Spider-Man movies and just put him in film on retirement for awhile. If Spidey does end up going back then Marvel will just need Fantastic Four and the X-Men franchises back.

@Levi: DC has who? Batman and Superman? Until they try to get audiences behind Wonder Woman and The Flash? Cause we all know people won't be getting behind Green Lantern anytime soon. Marvel will be fine. Not every movie needs an after credit scene to acknowledge a shared universe, there can be and should be stand alones after Avengers 3. The problem is, after Man of Steel, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Flash are done, then what? You want the audiences to get behind the characters.
McGribble - 5/22/2013, 11:46 AM
Sweet does this mean the THREEboot?
Lindsey35 - 5/22/2013, 11:46 AM
NO! NO! I want to see Marc Webb continue with Spider-Man for at least another five or six movies! This is terrible! Marvel will reboot it and that means we'll have to wait another five years for a Spidey movie. THIS IS TERRIBLE NEWS.
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