What’s going on with Spider-Man between Sony and Disney?

Did you know Marvel wasn’t always the mega-hit movie company studio they are today? In fact, back in the late 1990s to early 2000s, the company nearly went bankrupt. To save themselves, they sold the movie rights to their characters: The X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man. Sony took Spider-Man while Fox took X-men and the Fantastic Four. All those early 2000s Marvel Hero movies like the Spider-Man trilogy and the X-Men movies were done by a different studio, not the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) that is now owned by Disney. That’s why the later Marvel movies like Iron Man, Captain America, and the Avengers didn’t feature or even mention Spider-Man or the X-Men.

It wasn’t until Marvel and Sony Pictures came to an agreement to bring Spider-Man in the MCU in 2015 just in time for Captain America: Civil War. The deal was that Disney would own the rights for merchandising while splitting the movie profits with Sony. Sony would own the characters, directors, and 95% of the earnings for the movie while Disney took 5% and are allowed to use Spider-Man for their movies and produce them.

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Captain America: Civil War

Today, renegotiations regarding that deal were made public. Disney wanted to sign a new deal with Sony and split the profits 50:50 regarding the movie earnings according to Deadline news. Sony wasn’t pleased and disagreed on the deal. Disney said fine and have removed Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios as producers. Marvel only had Spider-Man for five movies before renegotiation: Civil War, Homecoming, Infinity War, Endgame, and Far From Home.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home

What this means is that Spider-Man will no longer be in the MCU. So no more mentioning of Iron Man or the other Avengers. Apparently they “blinked” out of Spider-Man’s brain (Or however they spin it in the future). Tom Holland, the director, and the rest of the cast will still be part of the next Spider-Man movie unless anything else happens.

Fans on the internet are split. Some say that Sony is stupid for taking away Spider-Man from the MCU considering they produced far more successful movies. Spider-Man: Far From Home recently broke the record for best-grossing Sony Film making $1.1 billion worldwide. However, Sony stated that Kevin Feige didn’t really do that much to make the movies successful on Twitter.

However, some people are arguing that Disney is being greedy and trying to own all franchises. Many people note that Disney has made a new monopoly in the movie industry. They own the movie rights to Star Wars and Marvel. They also recently acquired 21st Century Fox and their movie rights which include the X-Men franchise.

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It’s a crappy situation for the fans in general. People just want a good Spider-Man movie and they want him to be part of the big Marvel Universe that is now a part of so many peoples’ lives. As usual, business money is always more important to companies rather than the needs of the audience.

 

Nintendo can Offer You a New Switch

If you bought the original Nintendo Switch on July 17th, 2019 and after then you are eligible for a new Nintendo Switch. The new version has an upgraded battery life that will soon be available for people. Nintendo announced the upgraded version on July and they want to offer people the new one if they were unaware. You will need proof of purchase to be eligible. If you are annoyed that you don’t get the better version, the only difference is battery life.

Persona 5 The Royal Confirmed for the West in Spring 2020

It’s finally official. Persona 5 The Royal will release in Europe and the USA in a new trailer. The Royal is an updated version of 2017 original with a variety of new additions

  • More character interactions
  • More story
  • More gameplay mechanics and different dungeon designs

The game will be $59.99 and if you owned the original version of Persona 5, you’ll earn an undetermined bonus. The Royal will release in Japan on October 2019 so be wary of potential spoilers while you wait for the international release!

Microsoft E3 Review

Microsoft was the only console company to have an actual conference at E3 this year. All eyes were physically on them and there was a lot of hopes that they could steal the show. Their big showcase was the Xbox: Scarlett. The Scarlett is the code name for the next generation Xbox that will release Holiday 2020.

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While the physical console wasn’t shown, the main take away is that it will faster, stronger, and the most impressive console ever (their words). It won’t release this year so it won’t have an early start against the PlayStation 5.

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Halo Infinite

Teased back in 2018, the last Halo in the 343 Industries‘ Trilogy will release in 2020 when the Xbox Scarlett releases. The trailer looks like the opening of the game but it is unclear where it takes place after Halo 5: Guardians as Master Chief is found in space. It will release for Xbox and PC.

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Gears War 5

The game will come out on September 10, 2019. Gears 5 will feature a new story focusing on Kat Diaz. The campaign will have a three-player co-op mode. There will be their famous Horde mode, mapmaker, and versus mode. A new mode called “Escape” will be a three-player co-op mode where you work together to destroy the enemy hives from within. If you pre-order the game or play on Xbox Pass, you’ll be able to play as the Terminator T-800 or Sarah Conners.

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Final Review: 3/5

All eyes were on Microsoft and they didn’t deliver. The Xbox Scarlett messaging sounded scripted and really didn’t show anything about it. While it won’t be released until late next year, the trailer for it was awful and didn’t excite me. Halo Infinite also didn’t show anything besides a small trailer opening. It doesn’t have the same story impact as the original Halo trilogy. While Halo 5 sold well, it didn’t capture people’s attention as the game used to. However, the non-exclusive games that were shown are great. Star Wars: Fallen Jedi Order, The Outer Worlds, and Cyberpunk 2077 look amazing. At least we don’t have to watch the same trailers for PlayStation’s showcase. Luckily Keanu Reeves saved the day. “YOU’RE BREATHTAKING!!!”