by Brandon Butler
Disney and Sony to extend joint custody of Spidey to Disney+ 4/22/2021

Jay Peters for The Verge:

Disney and Sony Pictures have signed a multi-year “content licensing agreement” that will bring new Sony theatrical releases, starting with its 2022 films, to Disney-owned platforms. The deal also gives Disney the rights to many of Sony’s older films, including Spider-Man titles — meaning that movies starring the web-slinger, which are notably absent from Disney Plus’ collection of Marvel films, could eventually make their way to the streaming service. […]

So even though Disney and Sony’s deal means that Disney won’t have new Spider-Man films right after their theatrical runs, the company will get to include them in its streaming catalogue over the long term — something that Disney arguably values more.

If you watch all of the MCU films but skip the two Spider-Man films with Tom Holland, it’s not the end of the world. You miss out on the Tony/Peter relationship and the first reveal of the Iron Spider suit, but nearly everything else still makes sense. Missing, like, Age of Ultron or Winter Soldier would be much more confusing to your MCU viewing experience. That being said, I love the Spider-Man films and I’m glad they’ll be on Disney+.

I’m also happy to see Sony and Disney playing nice together. For as much as I’m against mergers and acquisitions between huge companies, I’d honestly be okay with Disney just buying Sony Pictures and taking back ownership of the Spider-Man characters.