Spider-Man Fans Get Mad at Sony & Threaten to Boycott PS4, Start Petitions
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) have not liked the news that shook the night of August 20, 2019: Disney, the owner of Marvel Studios, has not reached an agreement with Sony to give continuity to Spider-Man in the MCU. Some fans are asking for a boycott of Sony, both their movies and their PS4 console.
First, a little context. Disney announced last night that there was no agreement with Sony Pictures to continue co-production of Spider-Man movies. The MCU’s spiderman films, Spider-Man Homecoming and Spider-Man: Away from Home, granted Marvel Studios 5% of the first dollar’s gross profit. Disney wants the benefits to be shared by 50% between the two companies.
A few hours later, Sony blamed Disney, saying it was their decision that Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, is no longer in charge of Spider-Man films: “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,” they said in a statement, while saying that Feige is in charge of too many movies and series.
In this context, the followers of Spider-Man are expressing their anger on social networks under the hashtag #BoycottSony, at the same time initiating campaigns to collect signatures to formalize an agreement between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures.
Some are asking to boycott the premiere of all Sony Pictures movies that are released from now on, with titles like Zombieland 2: Double Tap and Pain and Glory among them.
Others, directly, are saying that they will sell their PlayStation 4 to buy an Xbox One, or directly stop using the Sony console.
To all this, we must add that Marvel’s Spider-Man, despite being under the label of Marvel Games, is exclusive to PS4 and it does not seem that this will change in possible sequels, since Sony has bought the responsible studio, Insomniac Games.
Film industry sources say that the end of the agreement between Disney and Sony Pictures is not final, and that there may still be a solution.