In a story first reported by Deadline, the two studios were unable to reach terms on a deal that would give Disney a co-financing stake in future films.
Disney owns the rights to the character, but Sony has film rights thanks to deals set up before the Mouse bought Marvel in 2009.
The studio still controls the lucrative merchandising rights for Spidey.
This could mean that Spider-Man might not make cameos in future MCU films or be a member of the Avengers, as he was in the recent record-shattering “Avengers: Engame.”
The impasse comes at an awkward time since the latest Spider-Man film, this summer’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” just became Sony’s most successful film ever, according to Variety.
Deadline reports that both the film’s star, Tom Holland, and its director, Jon Watts, are expected to do at least two more “Spider-Man” films, but unlike 2017′s “Spiderman: Homecoming” and “Far From Home,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige won’t be the lead creative producer of those pictures.
The stalemate came after Disney asked that future “Spider-Man” films have a 50/50 co-financing arrangement and that the studios work out a similar deal on other films in the Spider-Man universe, such as the upcoming “Venom” sequel with Tom Hardy.
When Sony suggested keeping the current arrangement, which gives Marvel 5% of gross box office revenue, Disney reportedly walked away.
A Sony rep told HuffPost that the current impasse is only around the producer credit and that negotiations are ongoing. The rep also said that Feige was involved in Sony’s previous Marvel films.
Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
However, Marvel fans did have lots to say on Twitter, and they weren’t exactly thrilled.
Some had a more sanguine attitude to the standoff.
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