The “Spider-Man” franchise is climbing the corporate ladder, with media heavyweights The Walt Disney Co. and Sony Corp. agreeing to “share custody” of the superhero in upcoming feature projects, the Wall Street Journal reports.
“The two companies said late Monday that Spider-Man will appear in an upcoming Disney-produced Marvel super-heroes movie; that movie is 2016’s ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ according to a person with knowledge of the matter,” WSJ reports. “Marvel will then co-produce the next solo Spider-Man movie financed by Sony Pictures, which will be released in 2017 and feature a new version of the web-slinger.”
The summer 2014 release “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” was a box office disappointment, the report notes, leaving Sony to ponder where to take the character next. Sony holds a long-term license to Spider-Man’s appearances in feature films.