Sony Almost Owned the Entire Marvel Universe Back in 1998

Stan Lee Marvel

His company had DVD rights to the web slinger but needed the rest in order to make a movie. When Sony made contact in 1998 to purchase the complete movie rights to the Spider-Man franchise, Marvel made a counter offer of selling much more.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the meeting was over lunch and the meal concluded when then-Sony Picture chief Pascal threw her sandwich at Feige and "half jokingly" told him to "get the f-- out".

Many moons ago, when the studio was negotiating for Peter Parker's screen rights (they only owned DVD rights at the time), Marvel boss Ike Perlmutter presented a bumper deal to Sony that would have seen the company gain control of Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther, Thor, Hulk and numerous other pillars underpinning the current Marvel Cinematic Universe - for the record, by 1998, the X-Men and Fantastic Four were already shacked up at Fox. At the time, Marvel Entertainment was recovering from bankruptcy and just branching out into the film world.

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Mr. Landau took the offer back to his bosses at Sony, whose response was quick and decisive, he recalled in an interview: "Nobody gives a sh-about any of the other Marvel characters". Sony held on to Spider-Man, and Marvel went their own way, eventually forging an alliance with Disney to create the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Marvel and Disney have been slowly but surely bringing back all of their characters back under one roof, but things could have gone in a completely different direction in the '90s, when Sony had the chance to buy all of Marvel's characters for only $25 million. "The deal was, this is of course a Sony movie, but that we would produce it". While promoting HBO's "Divorce" earlier this week, Church said that Raimi and Sony only parted ways on the "Spider-Man" franchise after "Spider-Man 3", but the director's company is still set up there and he would always have a home at Sony. "It would have been silly for Sony to do this movie with Marvel and not get the benefit of what Marvel knows".

Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Venom's release date is October 5th, 2018.


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