It’s safe to say that the wave of superhero movies since 2000 are here to stay. The championing company of these films has been Marvel. With 33 movies under their belt since X-Men in 2000, films under the Marvel banner have consistently put out some of the top grossing films every year. However, this has not always been the case.
During the 1980s and ‘90s, there was hardly any market for superhero films. It was during that time Marvel decided to sell off many of its properties from its own film studio that had only produced direct-to-video films such as “Captain America” and the unreleased 1994 version of “Fantastic Four.” At the time, comic book movies were not seen as big time blockbusters. Special effects and CGI were nowhere near grand enough to adequately bring the comic book characters to life on the big screen. It was during this time that Marvel sold off some of its most well known characters, such as the X-Men and Spider-Man to Fox and Sony, respectively.
Now, however, with the recent flood of success for Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which is the combined story of Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk and several other characters, Marvel is looking to get back the characters it once sold off, namely Spider-Man.
Earlier this week Marvel announced that it was attempting to strike a deal with Sony which would allow for the character to appear in the MCU. This is not the first time that Marvel has tried to get its famous webslinger back. But it is the first time that Sony has actually agreed to talk out a deal. According to Hitfix.com, an unnamed source from within Sony claimed to be very interested in garnering a deal that would allow both their Spider-Man series and the MCU to do a mutually beneficial crossover. There is currently no word as to what kind of deal this would mean, but it is considered by both Marvel Studios and fans of Marvel as a huge leap forward for Marvel to get back some of its properties that have been noticeably absent from their films.