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Stan Lee's Daughter Side With Sony Over Spiderman Leaving MCU Debacle

Stan Lee's Daughter Side With Sony Over Spiderman Leaving MCU Debacle

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. 



 

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.



 

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. 

 



 

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. 

 



 

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.” 

 



 

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."

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