Stan Lee's daughter Joan Lee said Marvel and Disney need to be “checked and balanced” as they seek total control of her father’s creations.
While there have been plenty of fans who rallied behind Disney after the news broke about talks had broken down between the company and Sony over future Spider-Man films, at least one person is standing behind Sony, and that is none other than Stan Lee's daughter Joan Lee. While providing a statement to TMZ, Joan said Marvel and Disney need to be “checked and balanced” as they seek total control of her father’s creation.
She added, "Whether it’s Sony or someone else’s, the continued evolution of Stan’s characters and his legacy deserves multiple points of view." While the legendary comic book writer Stan Lee was the creator of the Spider-Man character for Marvel comics in the 1960s, Sony has owned the film rights to the character for about two decades.
Joan Lee-“They’ve commoditized my father’s work!”— Dante The K9 (@DantePD) 22 August 2019
Also Joan Lee- pic.twitter.com/N0SWnO2aIb
Disney, which owns Marvel now and Sony had penned a deal in 2015 that would bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is reported that during the initial deal that happened between the two companies, Sony would allow Marvel’s creative team to integrate Spider-Man into its cinematic universe and would put up 100% of the production costs.
#StanLee's daughter Joan Lee has made a statement that she stands by #Sony in #SpiderMan divorce from the #MCU! Ms. Lee stated: "Marvel & Disney seeking total control...must be checked & balanced by others who have genuine respect for Stan Lee's legacy." (Source: TMZ.) pic.twitter.com/1Ngq5SuJOK— Geeks + Gamers (@GeeksGamersCom) 22 August 2019
As an exchange bargain, Disney received 5% of “first-dollar gross,” or 5% of the ticket sales from the first day of the release, and retained the merchandising rights for the character. Sony would reap the rest of the box-office haul. Disney, after this has reportedly proposed for a 50/50 co-financing deal, meaning each company would put up half of the production costs and then split the profits, according to entertainment news website Deadline. Sony didn't find the deal working in their favor and refused of it.
If this is true then it is completely deplorable, but you'll have to excuse me for not fully believing the woman who reportedly abused Stan and Joan Lee both physically and emotionally.— That_One_Doesn't_Count (@DoesnOne) 22 August 2019
It is also said that if talks don't resume between the two companies, it is likely that Spider-Man will no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that could be bad for both Sony and Marvel. Lee seems to side with Sony’s decision not to accept this new co-financing deal.
Friendly reminders: Joan Lee allegedly tried to leech money off of her dad and TMZ is nothing but gossipy BS.— TargetmasterJoe Sez: #SaveSpiderMan (@TargetmasterJoe) 22 August 2019
If you want to keep following either, proceed with caution. #SaveSpidermanFromSony
She said, "When my father died, no one from Marvel or Disney reached out to me. From day one, they have commoditized my father’s work and never shown him or his legacy any respect or decency. In the end, no one could have treated my father worse than Marvel and Disney’s executives.”
here's what joan lee, stan lee's daughter, had to say about the spiderman split pic.twitter.com/KV4klaPVjY— D O N (@Don_Writes) 23 August 2019
In a separate statement, Sony said, "Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live-action Spider-Man film. We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him – including all their newly added Marvel properties – do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own. Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue."