- Sony will be the only studio besides Disney to own film rights to Marvel characters after the Disney-Fox merger closes.
- Sony Pictures Television chairman Mike Hopkins told Variety this week that Sony has „the next seven or eight years laid out“ for its Marvel universe.
- The franchise found new life last year with the success of „Venom,“ which grossed $855 million worldwide.
Come next week, only two movie studios will own film rights to Marvel Comics characters.
Disney, which owns Marvel, is absorbing Fox in a merger expected to be finalized on March 20, at which point it will own the rights to X-Men, Deadpool, and the Fantastic Four. And then there’s Sony, which owns the film rights to approximately 900 Marvel characters related to everyone’s favorite web-slinging superhero, Spider-Man.
Sony’s Spider-Man franchise is its most lucrative. Sam Raimi’s original trilogy alone made $2.5 billion worldwide, before being adjusted for inflation. But a few years ago, its Marvel universe was on life support.
2014’s „The Amazing Spider-Man 2“ was expected to launch a connected universe of movies similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Instead, it was a critical and box-office disappointment. The following year, Sony struck a deal with Marvel Studios that allowed Marvel to include Spider-Man in the MCU while Sony retained creative control and distribution rights.
But „Venom,“ surprisingly, breathed new life into what the studio calls the Sony Universe of Marvel Characters.
„Venom“ was one of the highest-grossing movies of 2018, raking in $855 million worldwide despite poor reviews from film critics. Now, Sony is going full speed ahead with the „SUMC.“ Sony Pictures Television chairman Mike Hopkins told Variety this week that Sony has „the next seven or eight years laid out“ for the franchise, and that could include TV shows, as well.
What could the next seven or eight years look like for Sony’s Marvel movies? The studio has several projects in development, and more that were thought dead that could be resurrected.
Below are all of Sony’s Marvel movies currently in the works:
Variety reported in January that Sony is developing a sequel to its massively successful „Venom“ with Kelly Marcel, a writer on the first movie, set to write the script. After „Venom“ made $855 million, a sequel was inevitable. The movie will likely be released in October 2020, as Sony has two 2020 release dates set for Marvel movies, the other being „Morbius“ in July.
„Morbius,“ based on the vampire Spider-Man villain of the same name, is set for a July 2020 release. Jared Leto will play the title character, and posted the first image from the set on his Instagram last week. It’s directed by Daniel Espinosa, director of „Safe House“ and „Life.“
„Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse“ sequel and spin-off
„Into the Spider-Verse“grossed $368 million worldwide and won this year’s best animated feature Oscar, beating out Disney’s „Incredibles 2“ and „Ralph Breaks the Internet.“ So of course there will be more. The Hollywood Reporter reported in November that Sony is developing not only a sequel to the movie, but an all-female spin-off, too.
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