Studio Executives Explain Why Spider-Man’s Staying In The MCU

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When news broke recently that Spider-Man was leaving the MCU, in order to return to an exclusive arrangement with Sony, just about everyone was baffled. How could the parties involved abandon a collaboration that grossed $2 billion worldwide in just two films? Fortunately, Disney and Sony eventually sorted out their differences, a fact that Disney studio chief Alan Horn attributes to the fan outcry.

“The fan base, which is important to all of us, seemed to really respond to what [Sony studio chief] Tom [Rothman] and his folks have done before with our people,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “They like the fact that the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Kevin Feige were involved. We heard feedback out there that suggested that joining forces once again was probably really a good idea.”

Sony’s Tom Rothman echoed these sentiments, noting that a third collaboration was best for everyone. “This was a classic win-win-win,” he said. “A win for Sony, a win for Disney, a win for the fans. The only thing I would say is that news cycles and the rhythm of negotiations do not necessarily overlap. And this is, in the words of Shakespeare, a consummation devoutly to be wished. We would have gotten there, and the news got ahead of some things.”

Spider-Man: Far From Home is now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD. Check out the trailer below.