Because Venom was such a success, the chance that Spider-Man’s rights return to Marvel has become slimmer according to a box office analyst.
Venom wasn’t exactly a hit with critics but fans went to see the Tom Hardy led film in droves, making Sony more than $500 million worldwide, and therefore becoming a truly successful venture for the studio.
But what does this mean for Spider-Man? Well, according to senior box-office analyst Jeff Bock over Exhibitor Relations, the success of Venom will make Sony more keen to keep Spider-Man in house. Speaking to Business Insider, Bock said:
“If it had failed, there is a chance Sony would have definitely returned to the bargaining table with Disney. Now, that’s up in the air.”
“[Sony] took a calculated risk with Venom, and it’s now going to be a series,. It seems Disney needs Sony’s Spider-Man more than Sony needs Disney … If they consistently make films audiences want to see, Disney will have to buy Sony to get Spider-Man back.”
“This is just the beginning of Sony’s reemergence as a studio of box-office distinction. They’re not giving it up without a fight.”
Venom succeeding as it has certainly does change the equation but what do you think? Would you prefer Spider-Man move between studios as he currently does or would you like Marvel to capture him and his world permanently?
One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.
Venom is directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and features a cast that includes Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Jenny Slate, Reid Scott, Scott Haze, Sope Aluko and Ron Cephas Jones