Spider-Man Fans Are Planning A Protest On Sony’s Lot After Split With Marvel

Spider-Man with cops in the Far From Home Trailer

Fans of tjhe Marvel Cinematic Universe have been in a state of shock since it was revealed that Tom Holland's Spider-Man might be on his way out of the successful franchise. While it's far from clear exactly why, indications are that the deal between Marvel and Sony that brought the web-head into the MCU has fallen apart. However, fans aren't taking the situation lying down, as many thousands are apparently planning to "storm Sony" in order to bring Spider-Man back to the MCU.

A Facebook Event has been created with the title "Storm Sony And Bring Spider-Man Home To The MCU." The event is currently scheduled to take place on Saturday October 19th at noon eastern time at Sony's New York City offices. Currently, nearly 9,000 people have RSVP'd as going to the event, with another 7,000 listed as interested.

While the title of the event may imply a "they can't stop all of us" Area 51 sort of plan, the description of the event says the event is planned as a non-violent protest, so it doesn't seem there is an actual plan to take the building, simply to gather, in your Spider-Man gear, and protest the fact that Spider-Man is leaving the MCU.

Earlier this week it was revealed that negotiations between Sony and Marvel had fallen apart, resulting in Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios no longer being directly involved in co-producing Spider-Man movies with Sony. That seemingly takes the character out of the MCU movies since Sony is the actual owner of the film rights to the character.

While the decision certainly makes business sense for Sony, since they don't need to share their profits with Marvel, for those more interested in the story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's a blow. Even Spider-Man's solo movies from Sony have benefited from their connection to the MCU and appearances by other characters. Now, it seems that the next Spider-Man movie will simply magically take place in a universe where Venom exists but Nick Fury does not.

Clearly, this Facebook event, and many fans, have decided that the fault of the breakdown lies with Sony. Indications are that Disney was asking for a much larger stake in future Spider-Man movies and Sony balked at that. According to Sony, Disney made the decision to pull Kevin Feige away because the man has so many responsibilities, he simply didn't have the time to work on Spider-Man as well.

Of course, at this point a lot of this might be semantics. While another Spider-Man movie is certain, no movie has been announced. In addition, it's hard to see anyplace in Marvel's announced slate where Spider-Man could have been appearing. It's possible that by the time Spider-Man becomes an active concern again, we could see the two sides make up and figure out a deal.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.