Is Sony Selling the Film Rights to Spider-Man?

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Ever since The Avengers became a major blockbuster, and that’s probably putting it lightly, people have pondered why isn’t Spider-Man involved.

Of course all of the fanboys and girls know the only reason. Spider-Man’s film properties belong to Sony, not Marvel/Disney. Of course, there’s also the fact that Spidey isn’t really a core member of the team, like Cap, Iron Man, Thor, and The Hulk. Sure. He’s been an Avenger, but Spider-Man isn’t a constant figure in the group like the characters who make up the roster that we’ve seen on the big screen. But I digress.

While Marvel could pay a boatload to have a cameo, or at least a nod, from Spider-Man/Peter Parker, I think their cinematic universe is doing just fine without him. That’s not saying, however, that they wouldn’t love to bring the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After all, they’ve recently acquired back the film rights to Daredevil, Blade, Ghost Rider and The Punisher, and the addition of Spider-Man would make fans extremely giddy with all of the possibilities.

But, there’s no way that Sony would part with such a profitable commodity. Right?

According to The Register, Sony may actually be doing the unthinkable.

Word is that Sony is listening to an offer from activist investor, Daniel Loeb, and his hedge fund company Third Point, about purchasing some of the company’s music and movie properties. This would include “popular franchises Spider-Man and Resident Evil and the weepy ballads of Brit crooner, Adele.”

But, why on Earth would Sony sell off these cash cows?

Sony is hurting a bit and if they sold off some of their entertainment pieces they would not only be saving money, they could make some cash as well. Sony Chief exec Kazuo Hirai stated :

Third Point’s proposal involves the way we manage a core business of the Sony group and the direction of our management. So the Sony board will give it thorough consideration before replying to Mr Loeb.”

The idea is that by selling a portion of its entertainment division, Sony could put more money into its electronics division that sells cameras and smartphones. The company already uses money from its entertainment division to boost the electronics division, but selling a property like Spider-Man could really give the company a boost.

Before anyone gets their hopes up, Harry Knowles, from Ain’t It Cool News, decided to see if there was any truth to this rumor. He shot an email to Amy Pascal, co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and her response was an emphatic no.

Amy said that she would ‘Never ever ever’ let go of SPIDER-MAN. She feels the property is directly tied to her legacy and time at SONY. Not just that, she is really thrilled by the work on the new film.”

So, there you have it. It looks like Spider-Man is staying with Sony. But, and there’s always a but, my Spidey senses are tingling.

While I believe that Sony Pictures, and Amy Pascal, have no intention on selling the film rights to Spider-Man, that’s not really their call. The original report stated that Chief exec Kazuo Hirai and Sony’s board are considering the proposal from Third Point. Maybe I’m wrong, but Hirai is higher on the ladder than the co-chair from Sony Pictures.

That’s just my two cents.

Regardless, I don’t think that Spider-Man is going anywhere. But you never know. If the company has an opportunity to cash in on Spidey, I wouldn’t be surprised if they jumped at the chance.

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