Sony and Disney have reached a deal for Spider-Man and other Marvel films to hit Disney Plus, Hulu, and other networks in the future.
After the expiration of a deal with Netflix, Disney Plus now features nearly all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films to date. With the addition of Fox under Disney’s umbrella, the X-Men films have also found their way on the streaming service. However, one major Marvel franchise that has been missing from Disney Plus is the Spider-Man films since Sony owns the distribution of them.
On Wednesday, Sony announced a new deal with Disney that allows Spider-Man and the other Marvel films from the studio to make their way to Disney Plus and Disney’s other networks. Earlier this month, Sony announced another deal with Netflix for exclusive pay-1 and co-production rights. This means new Sony films released theatrically from 2022 to 2026 will not arrive on Disney Plus and the other platforms until after their run on Netflix. In a press release, head of business operations for ABC, Freeform, FX Networks, and Acquisitions for Disney’s Media and Entertainment Distribution Chuck Saftler said the following:
“This landmark multi-year, platform-agnostic agreement guarantees the team at Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution a tremendous amount of flexibility and breadth of programming possibilities to leverage Sony’s rich slate of award-winning action and family films across our direct-to-consumer services and linear channels. This is a win for fans, who will benefit from the ability to access the very best content from two of Hollywood’s most prolific studios across a multitude of viewing platforms and experiences.”
Sony Pictures Entertainment Worldwide Distribution and Networks president Keith Le Goy also had this to say about the Disney and Sony deal:
“This groundbreaking agreement reconfirms the unique and enduring value of our movies to film lovers and the platforms and networks that serve them. We are thrilled to team up with Disney on delivering our titles to their viewers and subscribers. This agreement cements a key piece of our film distribution strategy, which is to maximize the value of each of our films, by making them available to consumers across all windows with a wide range of key partners.”
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Here is the official synopsis for Spider-Man: Far From Home:
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks is quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks. Spider-Man and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) join forces to fight the havoc unleashed across the continent but all is not as it seems.
Directed by Jon Watts from a script written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, Spider-Man: Far From Home stars Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Martin Starr, Numan Acar, J.B. Smoove, Oli Hill, Remy Hii, Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Cobie Smulders, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-Ray, and DVD. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Sony’s Spider-Man and Marvel franchises as it develops. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content in the future!