Spider-Man and the AvengersBack when Marvel was bankrupt in the mid 90’s, they sold the licensing rights to many of their characters to a variety of film studios. Sony got Spider-Man. When Marvel started to try and world build their universe after many successful films, some of the companies didn’t want to comply. Universal sold the rights to The Hulk back to Marvel after the first Hulk movie bombed, which is why The Hulk was in The Avengers. FOX owns the rights to the X-Men franchise (and by extension the concept of Mutants) which is why Marvel is possibly looking towards an INHUMANS movie to help allow X-Men characters appear in their films by calling them inhumans instead.Spider-Man and the Avengers by TomPreston
Sony, meanwhile, has been CLINGING onto Spider-Man and refusing to let the rights return to Marvel (now owned by Disney which is a competitor of Sony). Sony was trying to world-build their own Spider-Man universe with the latest “Amazing” brand of movies, hoping to kick-start it off with a Sinister Six film.... but t
A Brief History of Marvel's Film RightsSome people took interest in this from my last journal ( Spider-Man and the Avengers ) so I thought I’d try to explain it better here. Please keep in mind that this is a SUPER CONDENSED version of events that took place (starting 60 years ago) that led to the convoluted mess that is currently Marvel’s various film franchises. Also keep in mind that I will be using industry shorthand like saying “comic book industry” to refer to the American comic book industry giants of Marvel and DC, because that’s how we do things here. Anyway, here we go!A Brief History of Marvel's Film Rights by TomPreston
“Seduction of the Innocent” comes out (a moral panic book which blames comics for kid’s wayward negative behavior), massive book burnings and censorship of comics ensues. Old comics burned or lost, thus increasing the value of the few comics that remain.
The Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)Robert Downey Jr. was scheduled to have a small cameo appearance in Captain America 3. RDJ didn’t like the small bit part and wanted a much larger roll. Since his contract was coming to a close, Marvel though this might be a good time to drop him (because despite what you might think Marvel is still a penny pinching miser when it comes to paying for stuff). Long story short, Marvel and RDJ have worked out a new deal which will have Tony Stark and Iron Man in a much larger capacity for what is being called “Phase 2” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (If you think THIS is confusing, check out my write up on WHY this is all legal red-tape: http://tompreston.deviantart.com/journal/A-Brief-History-of-Marvel-s-Film-Rights-487480961 )The Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) by TomPreston
Ok, that’s a lot of jargon. What’s it mean? Well, it means that it appears the ongoing “story” that will be happening in the MCU will be the Civil War storyline, slated to start with Captain America 3 and featuring Iron