Lost in the Spider-man exiting the MCU debacle is another story possibly much bigger than the Disney vs Sony debacle. It’s been known for a while now that parent company Sony Japan has been looking at the right time to sell off its Film and TV division. Industry experts believe that Sony Pictures will inevitably be sold within the next couple years. There was even news just a few months ago that Apple maybe looking into purchasing Sony Pictures. Is Apple Going to Buy a Movie Studio? Then this Forbes article came along and pointed something very interesting: How The Marvel-Sony 'Spider-Man' Dispute Will Be Solved One Way Or Another [Updated] In other words, Sony had much more to lose for the Spider-man/MCU negotiations falling through. Sony needs to make as much money off of Spider-man and his friends IPs as soon as possible, because their window to do so is shrinking. Disney on the other hand, can just take their time. With Endgame coming to past just this year, Marvel likely won’t be making another big team-up Avengers type move anytime soon to include Spider-man in. It took 4 years of buildup after Iron Man to get to the Avengers; this could likely be the same plan at the start of Phase 4. Marvel’s movie slate seems to be full all the way through 2023, so the earliest team-up Marvel movie won’t happen until 2024 the earliest. Between now and 2024, if what industry insiders are saying is correct, there’s a very good chance Sony Pictures will have been sold off in that time frame, resulting in Disney acquiring back the Spider-man and his friends license while they’ve used that time building up their new IPs from Eternals to the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, just right on time for the next big team-up movie to call for Spider-man back. Based on the latest Deadline report, this might be one of the reasons why Disney, likely tired of dealing with Sony’s new head, Tom Rothman for the last half year, was not worried about pulling negotiations off the table when they couldn’t agree to the initial 25% that Disney offered about 6 months ago. They actually have the time and the slate to wait it out, whilst Sony... not so much. ‘Spider-Man’ Skirmish Sony & Disney tug of war over Helmer Jon Watts – Deadline With that said, I hope both companys are able to still get a deal before all this has to come to past. It’s a win-win for all involved if that happens.