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Spider-Man May Get His Homecoming If Apple Purchases Sony

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A rumor has been making the rounds here lately that seems to be gaining credence. Apple may potentially buy Sony. Not too long ago, Disney bought Fox in order to grow as a multimedia company and to acquire the rights to certain characters from their increasingly popular Marvel franchise. While it could be assumed that Apple would acquire the rights to Spider-Man, apparently there is a special clause in the original contract Marvel made with Sony that prevents this. Instead, Spider-Man would revert back to his rightful owners.

Why Does Apple Want To Buy Sony?

Apple has decided to get into the streaming game that everyone seems to be hopping into here lately. Recently they announced a TV series from famed Battlestar Galactica writer Ronald D. Moore that will be science fiction and stars Joel Kinnamon. If they want to branch into their own original programming they are going to need more than new ideas. They need an established franchise.

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Sony is home to some of the biggest franchises in both film and TV history. If Apple really wants to compete with Netflix, who has such properties as The Witcher, and Altered Carbon, and Amazon that has Lord of the Rings and Lazarus, then they need something huge. Buying Sony would get them access to what they need to truly give Netflix and other like-minded companies a run for their money.

Spider-Man Could Still Be Caught In A Web

While the special clause in the contract stipulates that the right to have Spider-Man on film will revert back to Marvel, there is no mention of other rights. Production, marketing, distribution and many more aspects of filmmaking have their own rights attached to every film.

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It’s almost a guarantee that if this deal goes through, Apple will attempt to negotiate to keep some of the rights to Spider-Man. Disney and Marvel Studios would be in the precarious position of redoing the deal they previously made with Sony to put Spider-Man into Captian America: Civil War.

What To Expect If The Deal Doesn’t Go Through

If this deal does not go through, considering at the moment it is entirely a rumor, then Spider-Man will be dangling between two companies again. Spider-Man can only appear in a few more films before the deal struck between Marvel Studios and Sony fulfills itself.

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Amy Pascal, the former Chairperson of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and now film producer for Sony, has stated that she wants Spider-Man to be able to stay in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Considering she is one of the people that helped negotiate the deal to begin with, she may get her wish. Either way this deal goes, Peter Parker will finally be home.

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