Disney and Sony reach streaming deal for Spider-Man on Disney Plus

Michelle (Zendaya) catches a ride from Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN: ™ FAR FROM HOME.

Sony Pictures and Disney have reached a massive deal that will see all of the Marvel films come together in one place once again.

Sony and Disney announced on Wednesday that the studios had reached a multi-year licensing deal for Disney to distribute Sony’s films digitally. The deal will cover new theatrical releases beginning in 2022 and will currently run through 2026. Disney will be able to distribute Sony’s films following the Pay 1 TV window and will see Disney able to distribute the films across all of its digital and linear platforms

Disney And Sony Reach Deal To Bring SPIDER-MAN Movies And More Classic Franchises To Disney+
Disney And Sony Reach Deal To Bring SPIDER-MAN Movies And More Classic Franchises To Disney+
There’s some huge news today as Disney and Sony Pictures have announced a deal that will see the latter’s slate of movies brought to Disney+, including the Spider-Man franchise. Find more details here…
JoshWilding | 4/21/2021
Filed Under: “Spider-Man”

It’s been a long time coming, but the entire Spider-Man franchise (all of them) are coming to Disney+!

Disney and Sony Pictures have announced a deal that will see movies released by the latter studio between 2022 – 2026 hit Disney+ following their runs on Netflix. That’s good news (even if it doesn’t make Disney’s streaming service the initial go-to destination for these movies), but even more exciting is the fact that Disney now access to Sony’s vast library.

That means all three Spider-Man franchises are now coming to Disney+, though there’s currently no word on when they’ll be added.

It will be great seeing the wall-crawler alongside his fellow heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney+, while there are plenty of other hit franchises that the streamer can use to attract subscribers of all ages (this also applied to Hulu). We’re waiting for more details, but this is presumably a global deal; it does tend to differ from country to country, though.

Regardless, this hopefully bodes well when it comes to Disney and Sony continuing to share Spidey!

Here’s the full press release:

BURBANK, Calif., April 21, 2021 – The Walt Disney Company (DIS) and Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) today announced a multi-year content licensing agreement for U.S. streaming and TV rights to Sony Pictures’ new theatrical releases across Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution’s vast portfolio of platforms including its streaming services Disney+ and Hulu, as well as linear entertainment networks including ABC, Disney Channels, Freeform, FX and National Geographic. The deal covers theatrical releases from 2022-2026 and begins for each film following its Pay 1 TV window. The agreement builds upon the companies’ prior arrangement which saw SPE movies licensed to FX in the post-Pay 1 TV window.

The deal also grants rights to a significant number of SPE’s iconic library titles, ranging from the “Jumanji” and “Hotel Transylvania” franchises to Sony Pictures’ Universe of Marvel Characters films, including Spider-Man. This gives Disney enormous programming potential across its platforms and makes them key destinations for a robust collection of Spider-Man films. Notably, the agreement provides Hulu access to a significant number of library titles beginning as early as this June.

“This landmark multi-year, platform agnostic agreement guarantees the team at Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution a tremendous amount of flexibility and breadth of programming possibilities to leverage Sony’s rich slate of award-winning action and family films across our direct-to-consumer services and linear channels,” said Chuck Saftler, head of Business Operations for ABC, Freeform, FX Networks, and Acquisitions in DMED’s Networks division, who played a key role in the negotiations. “This is a win for fans, who will benefit from the ability to access the very best content from two of Hollywood’s most prolific studios across a multitude of viewing platforms and experiences.”

“This groundbreaking agreement reconfirms the unique and enduring value of our movies to film lovers and the platforms and networks that serve them,” said Keith Le Goy, president, Worldwide Distribution and Networks, Sony Pictures Entertainment. “We are thrilled to team up with Disney on delivering our titles to their viewers and subscribers. This agreement cements a key piece of our film distribution strategy, which is to maximize the value of each of our films, by making them available to consumers across all windows with a wide range of key partners.”