Jeremy Renner Demands Sony Gives Spider-Man Back To Marvel
Following yesterday's big news that Spider-Man will no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many fans have come forward to express their disappointment.
Posting a photo of himself in character (any excuse for a bit of self promo, eh Jez?), the 48-year-old wrote: "Hey @sonypictures we want Spider-Man back to @therealstanlee and @marvel please, thank you #congrats #spidermanrocks #please."
Instagrammers flocked to the comments section to back up Renner's plea, with one writing: "DO THAT!!! GIVE ME HOPE!!!!"
Someone else said: "Yesss!! Spread it brotha!!!!"
Another commented: "YES!!! Thank you for speaking up Renner!! #savespidermanfromsony."
A fourth wrote: "Forget Area 51, imma raid Sony HQ."
The film rights to the superhero are owned by Sony. According to Deadline, Sony and Disney have been unable to come to an agreement over money, meaning Spidey is ducking out of the MCU for now.
It's reported that Disney was looking for 'a co-financing stake going forward' after it took over the Marvel franchise. The Mickey Mouse corporation wanted a 50/50 stake in future Spidey projects, an offer Sony reportedly flat out turned down.
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Under the current agreement, Marvel received just five percent of first-dollar gross and all merchandising revenue, with the rest going to Sony.
Because they've been at loggerheads over the past few weeks without a deal, Marvel boss Kevin Feige has simply walked away.
A statement released by Sony said the company was 'disappointed' by Disney's call for a greater stake in the Spider-Man films.
"Much of today's news about Spider-Man has mischaracterised recent discussions about Kevin Feige's involvement in the franchise," the statement said.
"We are disappointed, but respect Disney's decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film.
"We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him - including all their newly added Marvel properties - do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own.
"Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue."
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