Thanks to a new licensing deal between Disney and Sony, Sam Rami’s Spider-Man trilogy may be included in Disney Plus’ Marvel library. Announced this Wednesday, the agreement between the two companies means that Disney will gain access to a significant portion of Sony’s films, and will be permitted to air them on their many channels, including ABC, Freeform, National Geographic and, of course, the Disney Channel. Not only that, but Disney is also allowed to publish Sony movies on their streaming services Hulu and Disney+.
Disney didn’t confirm which of its services or channels would be getting specific programming, other than to note that some Sony library movies would be hitting Hulu in June. Although, considering how the Fox X-Men franchise was included under the MCU banner on Disney+, I think it’s safe to assume that Toby McGuire will be gracing our screens soon.
Although, the Sam Rami trilogy won’t be the only Sony Spider-Man property now within Disney’s grasp. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, Venom and the Amazing Spider-Man duology starring Andrew Garfield will also be included, as well as presumably the upcoming Morbius and Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
Similar to the deal Sony had with Netflix earlier this month, Disney will only be permitted to exercise their new legal rights over the Sony properties in the American market, despite the global consumption of their streaming services. Sadly, this means that those of you outside of the United States will be unable to watch the Sony Spider-Man movies with their Disney+ subscriptions.
With arrangements both with Netflix and Disney, Sony is expected to rake in an estimated three billion dollars in movie licensing over the lifetime of the deals. According to Keith Le Goy, President of Worldwide Networks & Distribution for Sony Pictures Television:
“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.”