SPIDER-MAN: Sony Boss Hopes Deal With Disney To Share The Web-Slinger Will Continue For Years To Come

Things broke down between Sony Pictures and Disney last year, but a deal was eventually reached to keep Spider-Man in the MCU. Now, a Sony exec share their hopes that the partnership will continue...

After a very public falling out, Sony Pictures and Disney finally made things right last year, and a deal is now in place to keep Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for at least one more solo movie and an appearance in a currently undisclosed Marvel Studios movie.

During a recent roundtable discussion, both Sony boss Tom Rothman and Disney's Alan Horn were on hand to touch on what happened when it looked like Spidey was leaving the MCU. 

"The fanbase, which is important to all of us, seemed to really respond to what Tom [Holland] and [the ‘Spider-Man’ crew] had done before," Horn says in the vieo below. "And they like it. They like the fact that the MCU and Kevin Feige were involved. And we heard feedback out there that suggested joining forces once again was probably a really good idea."

While it's good to know that Spidey is sticking around, it's clearly a finite deal, and many fans are already anxious about what the future holds in store for the webbed warrior. For what it's worth, Rothman gave a positive response when asked if the partnership could continue. 
 
"I hope so," he replied. "I think this was a classic win-win-win. I think it was a win for Sony. I think it was a win for Disney. I think it was a win for fans and moviegoers. The only thing I would say about that is that news cycles and the rhythm of negotiations don’t necessarily overlap…I think we would have gotten there and the news got ahead of some things."

What do you hope the future holds in store for Spider-Man?
 


Take a look at some concept art featuring a deleted scene from
The Amazing Spider-Man by hitting the "Next" button below!



The Lizard chases Spider-Man through the streets of New York, making their existence very public in the process. 
 


This is a very cool take on the web-slinger's costume and likely came before that controversial final design was settled on. 
 


An injured Spidey races after his prey, hopping over some iconic taxis in the process as he attempts to put Curt Connors down. 
 


With two superpowered beings battling on top of that iconic New York Sightseeing bus, you'd best believe accidents happen!
 


With the driver seemingly losing control of the vehicle, the fight between Spidey and his nemesis continues above. 
 


The police watch on as this happens but they're pretty much powerless to stop the brutal battle that's taking place here. 
 


As The Lizard gains the upper hand and holds on for dear life, he's also forced to dodge bullets from Captain Stacy's men. 
 


That driver has to be knocked out or something because he surely could have just stopped the vehicle and jumped out! 
 


An updated take on the wall-crawler's classic costume definitely would have gone down better than that weird redesign. 
 


We told you that the bus would ultimately crash into an iconic location, right? This would have been amazing to see! 
 


As we mentioned at the top of this post, this would have been an expensive sequence to film as is evident from this shot. 
 


Technology in 2012 was good enough to bring most of it to life with VFX, though, and it would have made for exciting viewing. 
 


Spidey clearly would have thought The Lizard was done only for him to then burst out of the ice to attack the web-spinner. 
 


This artwork is actually from the movie's final battle, as an unmasked Spider-Man battles The Lizard with George Stacy watching on.
 


With Curt Connors determined to transform New York's citizens into monsters like him, Spidey leaps back into action. 
 


Here, we see the police undergo their own transformations, and this should have been much cooler than it ultimately was. 
 


The final battle certainly had its moments, but nothing that quite lived up to how impressive it looks in this piece of artwork. 
 


It was forced, but those cranes turning so that Spider-Man could swing through the streets of New York to reach The Lizard was cool!
 


It looks like new York was originally going to find itself facing a pandemic thanks to The Lizard leaking that gas everywhere. 
 


Many thanks to Josh Nizzi for the concept art featured throughout this post. Make sure to head on over to his website by clicking HERE to check out more of his spectacular work!
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