Written By Mikey Sutton • Editor-in-Chief • Owner
Spider-Man and Venom films are officially headed to Disney Plus as part of a new deal, opening the door for streaming collaborations.
This arrangement essentially confirms scoops of mine from 2020.
Variety reported that:
Disney and Sony have reached a multi-year deal for the post-pay-1 release window.
In other words, Sony theatrical releases from 2022 to 2026 will move to Disney Plus and the company’s other networks after they have finished their Netflix run.
The press release called the deal “unprecedented,” and this is no exaggeration.
The content on Disney Plus is owned by Disney.
That Sony should be the first to break through with a licensing agreement is no coincidence.
I’ll go straight to the point:
This is about Spider-Man.
And if you’ve been following my leaks, you shouldn’t be shocked.
On May 25, 2020, I reported on Lords of the Longbox that:
According to my sources, talks have continued for Spider-Man shows for either Disney Plus or Hulu, depending on the content.
While no Spider-Man TV programs were mentioned in the announcement, this arrangement was finalized with that in mind.
Disney wants Spider-Man and his amazing friends on their streamer, old and new.
Deals such as this are not made in isolation; rather, it’s a thread in the tangled web of Sony and Disney.
Spider-Man, Venom Headed To Disney Plus; New Deal Means New Shows
I initially leaked that Disney and Sony discussed streaming rights for Spider-Man on December 2020.
I wrote that:
Rumors circulated a few months ago that Amazon coveted Sony’s planned live-action TV programs but I am told that Disney want them as well and included their streaming rights in the latest agreement…The streaming arrangement would include the Spider-Man films that Feige produces for Marvel Studios.
Negotiations can take months, if not years, to reach fulfillment.
Quite often, they don’t end up where they started.
Items are tweaked.
The future of Sony and Disney regarding Spider-Man and Venom is brighter than ever.
The puzzle pieces I have been dropping for years now are coming together.
On March 1, I reported that Sony’s Spider-Woman film could be set in the MCU.
None of this is coincidental.
The contract strengthens the business relationship between Sony and Disney.
In other words, it guarantees Spider-Man will not be leaving the MCU after No Way Home.
The deal encourages Sony and Disney to collaborate more often.