In what might be deemed as a facepalm of the century, details from Ben Fritz’s book, ‘The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies’ reveals that Marvel once went hat in hand to the Sony HQ, offering them their entire roster of heroes and villains for a measly $25 million – and Sony turned it down!
Spotted by The Wall Street Journal, their report reveals that the deal that died 20 years ago when the comic book titan that is was then, crawling out of bankruptcy. With few options to turn to, the company went to Sony who had already shown interest in Spider-Man and offered them a bunch more on the back of the wall-crawler, courtesy of Marvel head Ike Perlmutter.
Sony’s response was short and sweet with all attention on Spidey, proclaiming that “nobody gives a shit about any of the other Marvel characters. Awk. The wall-crawler was handed over solo for just under half the amount of $10 million, with Iron Man et al collecting dust until the time came.
Honestly though, had dotted lines been signed and blood oaths taken, who can say if the MCU we hold so close to our geekish hearts now would have been remotely like Sony’s, had they tapped into their common sense as opposed to their spider one and taken the offer. Considering that at the times costume capers were met with highs and lows, we could’ve had a mixed bag rater than the consistently brilliant bunch we’ve got now. Heck, they may have pulled a Warner Bros/DC on it – who knows?
Since then of course, comic book movies have exploded with Marvel being at the forefront of the blast. Admittedly, none of that would have come to fruition without Sony’s original takes on Spider-Man, before they completely ballsed it all up with the Garfield films shortly after. Now of course, our latest webslinger is actually late to the party, with Marvel producing after cutting a deal with their former rejectors. It’s still unconfirmed as to whether a slice of humble pie was provided with that deal, or not.
What do you think? Are you glad the way things turned out or do you wish Sony had given it a go sooner?