Spider-Man being removed from the Marvel Cinematic Universe due to disagreements between Disney and Sony, what could this mean for fighting games?

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • August 20, 2019 at 2:49 p.m. PDT

It's being reported that Spider-Man will no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Disney and Sony are not able to come to a financing agreement. Disney has apparently asked for a 50/50 co-financing for future Spider-Man films between the two studios in which Sony counter-proposed giving Disney only 5% of box office revenue from a movie's first day of release.

Although Sony owns the rights over Spider-Man movies, Homecoming and Far From Home were both produced by Kevin Feige of Marvel Studios and they were part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Could this situation also have an impact on Spider-Man's presence and impact in future video games?

Remember Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite? Definitely one of the most disappointing aspects about that particular fighting game was the lack of X-Men characters.

This was notably during a period of time where FOX owned the rights to produce X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four films. Eventually, Disney and Fox were able to reach a deal that gave the rights back to Disney.

It's no secret that Marvel has had a hand in character selection for Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite — two games developed by Capcom. In fact, it was at one point revealed that Venom was on a "no-go" list for Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Deadpool was almost excluded due to a mistranslation error.

There's been speculation that X-Men and Fantastic Four fighters had a very lessened presence in video games as a result of Disney not being in control of the movie licenses. Could a similar fate be awaiting Spider-Man?

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order already has X-Men characters present. Notably, there are plans to add additional X-Men and Fantastic Four heroes through DLC likely thanks to the deal between Disney and Fox going through.

It's also worth mentioning that there are a total of four Spider-Man choices — Spider-Man, Venom, Miles Morales, and Spider-Gwen — available in Ultimate Alliance 3. Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen's inclusion is likely in support of the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie which was produced 100% by Sony.

Spider-Man: Homecoming was reported to make about $880.2 million in the box office while Far From Home achieved about $1.110 billion. It's been stated that Venom also made roughly $856.1 million, which is apparently a movie that Feige had an unofficial hand in.

This particular hero also had a major impact on the story of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Iron Man had a presence when it came to developing Spider-Man's character in his own movies.

If rumors about a the development of a supposed Marvel vs. Capcom 4 turn out to be true, then it's likely that deals and contracts have already been established. In this situation, it's unlikely that Spider-Man would be excluded.

However, if a deal is not made between Sony and Disney, then we could eventually see a reduced impact of everyone's favorite webslinger in video games since Disney is the owner of those rights.

Although Spider-Man is immensely popular in the Marvel Universe, so too were the X-Men characters, but that didn't stop them from being excluded entirely from games like Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

Source: Deadline.

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