This would’ve changed everything. . .
By now, the general public should know that Sony owns movie rights to Spider-Man. However, back in 1998, Sony Pictures reportedly turned down a proposal to own movie rights to Marvel Comics – which is quite bizarre. Through Disney writer, Ben Fritz, he shared the revelation in an upcoming book, The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies.
He recounted a Sony Pictures executive, Yair Landau saying, “Nobody gives a shit about any of the other Marvel characters. Go back and do a deal for only Spider-Man.” At the time, Marvel was fresh out of a bankruptcy period and were desperate to find a home.
Luckily for them, they ended up with Disney, who owns their now billion-dollar film division. While we have doubts that Sony will ever acknowledge this information in the public, they have been working with Marvel – even allowing Spider-Man to join their MCU in a two-picture deal.
Let us know in the comments if you would’ve preferred Sony for the MCU.