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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Is Getting a Sequel in 2022

The award-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is getting a sequel and release date. The anticipated animated film comes to theaters on April 8, 2022.

Sony Pictures Animation is again putting together the film which won an Academy Award for “Best Animated Film.”

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller return to bring their vision for the next adventure of Miles Morales. The original film was directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman based on a screenplay by Phil Lord.

The voice cast of the original Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse includes Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, Jake Johnson as Peter Parker, Liev Schreiber as Kingpin, Hailee Steinfeld as Spider-Gwen, Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man Noir, John Mulaney as Spider-Ham, Kimiko Glenn as Peni Parker, Mahershala Ali as Aaron, Brian Tyree Henry as Jefferson, Luna Lauren Velez as Rio, Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”) as Aunt May, and Oscar Isaac as Miguel O’Hara/Spider-Man 2099.

The Bloodshot Trailer is Here

Valiant and Sony‘s Bloodshot is revealed in its first trailers which dropped at midnight on the west coast. The movie stars Vin Diesel as a soldier who’s killed and brought back through the use of nanites which also imbue him with extraordinary abilities.

Based on the bestselling comic book, Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, a soldier recently killed in action and brought back to life as the superhero Bloodshot by the RST corporation. With an army of nanotechnology in his veins, he’s an unstoppable force –stronger than ever and able to heal instantly. But in controlling his body, the company has sway over his mind and memories, too. Now, Ray doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not – but he’s on a mission to find out.

The movie is directed by David S. F. Wilson and written by Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer. It stars Diesel, Eiza Gonzalez, Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell, and Guy Pearce. Bloodshot was originally created in 1992 by Bob Layton, Kevin VanHook, and Don Perlin.

Bloodshot comes to theaters on February 21, 2020.

International trailer:

The National Nightmare is Over, Disney and Sony Strike a Deal for One More Spider-Man Movie

Spider-Man: Far From Home

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone but Disney and Sony have struck a deal to work on one more Spider-Man movie together. The film will be released July 16, 2021 and will most likely pick up where Spider-Man: Far From Home left off.

In 2015 Marvel and Sony entered into a partnership where Marvel would help create Sony’s Spider-Man films. The two released Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home together and brought the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe appearing in Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige said:

I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it. Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.

Feige’s statement hints that the relationship might see the character continue in the Marvel Cinematic Universe proper as well.

The deal fell apart in August after Disney wanted a bigger piece of the pie and more control over other Spider-Man characters Sony controls.

Both companies have found success with the character who has become important in the MCU and the two films grossed more than the previous Sony Spider-Man films as well as the average solo character Marvel film. Marvel also gets the benefit of merchandising sales of the character.

On average, Sony has just had more success on their own compared to Marvel on their own. When you take out the three Avengers team films, the average Sony live-action Spider-Man film grosses more than Marvel films. Worldwide, Sony sees $803.2 million per film compared to Marvel’s $758.6 million (and that includes Marvel’s four billion dollar solo films). Domestically, the two are similar with Marvel grossing $309.3 million compared to Sony’s $298.7 million. Internationally, Sony wins with $504.5 million to Marvel’s $449.3 million. While Sony’s average budget is higher, they still have a higher “profit” of $606.2 million compared to Marvel’s $586.3 million. The multiplier for Sony is 4.65x on average to Marvel’s 4.17x. So, Sony has had success with their films before Marvel ever became involved (just because you didn’t like the film doesn’t mean it wasn’t a success).

Interestingly, the two are stronger together as their joint ventures beat both studios separately. On average the two joint Spider-Man films have earned $355.4 million domestically, $636.1 million internationally, $991.5 million worldwide, $824 million “profit,” and a 5.96 multiplier. Sony’s original Spider-Man trilogy has still performed better than this third volume which has really seen its success at the international box office.

Sony is in the process of setting up their own cinematic universe involving a sequel to Venom, the upcoming Morbius and more rumored films.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

Around the Tubes

Harbinger

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below!

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Adventuring and making friends in A Nice Long Walk – Free comics!

Calgary Herald – High suicide rates for Indigenous youths sparks action from Alberta government – A good use of comics to try to do some good in the world.

The Hollywood Reporter – Paramount Picks Up Comic Book Movie ‘Harbinger’ From Sony – Interesting move.

Reviews

IGN – Batman #78
Blog Critics –
King of King Court
Newsarama –
Powers of X #4
The Beat –
The Red Zone: An Earthquake Story
Comics Bulletin –
Sabrina the Teenage Witch #5

“For the Moment the Door is Closed” for Spider-Man’s MCU Return

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra has stated that “for the moment the door is closed” when it comes to Spider-Man‘s return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But there’s a chance of a return.

Speaking at Variety‘s Entertainment & Technology summit, Vinciquerra also said “it’s a long life” cryptically hinting there is a chance for a return down the road.

Vinciquerra also stated that there’s “no ill will” between Marvel and Sony after the failure to reach an agreement and it’s been “an interesting couple of weeks” for the studio due to the fan reaction to the news.

Marvel Studio head Kevin Feige being stretched thin with the next phases of the MCU bwas part of the issue.

Sony is going ahead with their own Spider-Man universe as the company is in production on a sequel to Venom, a film based on Morbius, and “five or six” television series set in the Spider-Man world in the works.

Vinciquerra pointed towards Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and The Boys as to evidence their future endeavors will be fine and the studio is “pretty capable of doing what (they) have to do here.”

In the same talk, Vinciquerra stated Sony Studios wasn’t for sale and touched upon the studios’ decision to stay out of the streaming wars. That decision allows them to be “more transparent” to creators by not becoming “beholden to any platform.”

Hasbro Captures the Ghostbusters License

Ghostbusters

Today, Sony Pictures Consumer Products announced that Hasbro has been named the master toy licensee for Ghostbusters worldwide. Under the terms of the agreement, Hasbro will create a wide variety of toys inspired by the franchise and its entertainment properties globally designed to appeal to both fans of the original franchise, and a new generation of Ghostbusters around the world. Hasbro’s Ghostbusters line will be available in 2020, aligning with the highly anticipated new Ghostbusters movie that is slated for Summer 2020 in the U.S.

The upcoming product line marks a return to the Ghostbusters franchise by Hasbro. From 1986 to 1991, Kenner, which is now part of Hasbro, created and marketed The Real Ghostbusters toy line, with many of the original developers from Kenner still working with Hasbro. More recently, Hasbro collaborated with Sony Pictures to create the Transformers Generations Collaborative: Ghostbusters Mash-Up Ecto-1 Ectotron. Additionally, a Transformers / Ghostbusters crossover comic series is now available from IDW. These collaborations honor both brands’ 35th anniversaries this year. 

Sony Comments on their Break-Up with Marvel

Spider-Man: Far From Home

News broke yesterday that the partnership between Sony and Marvel concerning the Spider-Man films is shifting.

The two studios couldn’t agree on a new financial relationship concerning films and a possible expansion of their partnership involving other characters in Sony’s Spider-Man portfolio. Disney wanted more of the pie and refused counteroffers by Sony.

In the current arrangement, Marvel would produce Sony’s Spider-Man films and the character would, in turn, be able to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Sony puts the blame squarely on Disney over the impasse.

Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. 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.

If reporting is correct, Disney asked Sony to take less money than they have made in their solo Spider-Man ventures. With the success of Venom and an Oscar win for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, it’s unclear how Disney thought they had the upper negotiating power.

This is also the first time since the Fox purchase Disney has been pushed back upon as far as their machinations. The 800 lb gorilla isn’t so unstoppable. The statement by Sony would also point the finger at Disney for the initial leak of the news. The scenario being that the outcry by the internet would force Sony to come back to the table. Sony appears to have called their bluff.

In likelihood, the two parties will continue negotiations and come to a deal as their two joint ventures have averaged more than Sony’s Spider-Man films and Marvel’s solo films when it comes to worldwide grosses.

You can read more of our analysis of the numbers.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

Sony and Marvel are on a Break Over Spider-Man

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Disney and Sony are taking a break when it comes to the Spider-Man property after the two studios couldn’t come to a new agreement. The dispute has taken place over the past few months and has resulted with Marvel Studios‘ president Kevin Feige no longer producing the Sony franchise and no more future involvement from Marvel.

Disney asked that future Spider-Man films be a 50/50 co-financing arrangement and there were discussions of extending that to other Spider-Man related films. Sony rejected that but offered other options. Disney currently receives “in the range of 5% of first-dollar gross” under the current deal.

But financially, it makes little sense for Sony to take Marvel’s deal. 100% of the average $742.1 million is better than 50% of the $991.5 million average of the two joint ventures.

Venom

Sony has also found recent greater success with the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Venom grossing $856.1 million. A sequel to that film is in the works and the Spider-Verse team is being tapped for more projects with Sony and are easy replacements for Feige along with producer Amy Pascal.

But, on average, Sony has just had more success on their own compared to Marvel on their own. When you take out the three Avengers team films, the average Sony live-action Spider-Man film grosses more than Marvel films. Worldwide, Sony sees $803.2 million per film compared to Marvel’s $758.6 million (and that includes Marvel’s four billion dollar solo films). Domestically, the two are similar with Marvel grossing $309.3 million compared to Sony’s $298.7 million. Internationally, Sony wins with $504.5 million to Marvel’s $449.3 million. While Sony’s average budget is higher, they still have a higher “profit” of $606.2 million compared to Marvel’s $586.3 million. The multiplier for Sony is 4.65x on average to Marvel’s 4.17x. So, Sony has had success with their films before Marvel ever became involved (just because you didn’t like the film doesn’t mean it wasn’t a success).

Interestingly, the two are stronger together as their joint ventures beat both studios separately. On average the two joint Spider-Man films have earned $355.4 million domestically, $636.1 million internationally, $991.5 million worldwide, $824 million “profit,” and a5.96 multiplier. Sony’s original Spider-Man trilogy has still performed better than this third volume which has really seen its success at the international box office.

The two studios’ latest joint project, Spider-Man: Far From Home became Sony’s highest-grossing film of all time passing the James Bond film Skyfall.

It is expected director Jon Watts and actor Tom Holland will continue their involvement with the franchise for at least the next two films.

Sony has numerous Spider-Man related films in the works including a sequel to Venom with Andy Serkis directing and Tom Hardy returning to star. Morbius with Jared Leto is coming and films based on Kraven the Hunter, Silver Sable, and Black Cat are all rumored. Then there are the spinoffs to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. All of which will prevent a reversion of rights to Disney.

In reality, Sony has all the cards and Disney is the one that’ll have to pay up for once.

(via Deadline)

Andy Serkis to Direct Venom 2

The Hollywood Reporter has an exclusive that Andy Serkis will be directing Venom 2. Serkis seemingly confirmed the news on Twitter. Tom Hardy will return in the title roles of the Marvel Comics characters Eddie Brock and Venom.

Venom earned $213.5 million domestically, $642.6 million internationally for a worldwide total of just shy of $856.1 million. It was the 13th highest-grossing film of 2018 domestically and 7th highest-grossing worldwide.

This will be Serkis’ third directorial gig after 2017’s Breath and 2018’s Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, which ended up on Netflix after being made at Warner Bros.

Serkis rose to fame through his motion-capture work such as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He also was part of the second unit directing with the Hobbit trilogy. Serkis was Klaw in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, so he’s already been part of the Marvel family. Though Venom is with Sony, Spider-Man’s last two films have been joint ventures between Sony and Marvel.

Kelly Marcel wrote the script for Venom 2. It’s expected that Woody Harrelson will also be part of the film after he was teased at the end of Venom as Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage, a villain of the character as well as Spider-Man.

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