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Can Disney+ secure the streaming rights to the Sony Spider-Man movies?

Disney is racing to re-acquire the streaming rights to some of its biggest movies, since the digital ownership of many of its titles has changed over the last decade. Now, as Sony and Disney’s Marvel Studios seem ready to end their relationship, questions about whether Disney will buy the rights to Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home for its new streaming service, Disney+, have entered the equation.

But the company isn’t ready to offer any clear answer at this moment. Disney+ streaming service president Michael Paull told The Verge during an interview at D23, the company’s biennial conference, that Disney “has nothing to announce on that” at this time.

Still, it’s hard to imagine that Disney wouldn’t want to bring the two popular Spider-Man movies to Disney+. The company’s goal is to have as many exclusive titles as possible on Disney+ eventually, including all the film’s it’s produced as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That would include Homecoming and Far From Home. Paull couldn’t talk about Spider-Man officially (trade publications are reporting that Disney and Sony are still in talks about the character’s future), but he said there’s “obviously a ton of commitment within the company” to get all its big players back.

“I think as you can see from what we’re making available, and from seeing some of the titles that we’re making available at launch, there’s been a lot of effort that went into bringing it all back together so that we could make it available on the service,” Paull said.

Disney is finding itself in the same position as companies like ATT’s WarnerMedia and Comcast’s NBCUniversal: it’s trying to buy back rights to its own content in order to offer more exclusivity. That’s why WarnerMedia apparently

Article source: https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/23/20830391/d23-disney-plus-streaming-service-marvel-mcu-exclusives-spider-man-sony-dispute-star-wars

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