Originally Posted by KangConquers
The truth is, Marvel doesn't need Spidey now. Avengers made double what the Amazing Spider-Man did. Iron Man 3 made $450 M more than Amazing Spider-Man. Thor: The Dark World is going to make nearly what Amazing Spider-Man did.
Marvel has made Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk legitimate A-list Superheroes. Would they benefit from having another A-lister? Absolutely, but they don't need it for the Avengers.
This is true. Marvel stands to make more money by making a Black Panther/Captain Marvel/whoever film, making that character an A-lister and adding them to Avengers rather than splitting profits with Sony, and aren't they getting profit off that anyway?
Now what Marvel Studios *does* have, honestly, is the TV rights, and I believe that includes live action. They can include Spider-Man as a TV series so long as they don't involve/reference him in the movies. That would be interesting to see happen.