About that possibility of Marvel getting the film rights to "Spider-Man" back...
Will the Arachnid be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe anytime soon? If you'd have asked me that this morning, I'd have said "No". But now comes a report that Sony has been in a bit of a financial bind of late and is looking to an investor group to help shore up its balance sheet. The group led by investor David Loeb (no relation to Jeph Loeb) has proposed selling off particular entertainment franchises (in music and studio divisions) to make it more attractive to investment. Two of the entertainment franchises listed are "Resident Evil" and "Spider-Man". As for RS, I have no opinion on the sale because the films are so utterly lifeless and devoid of anything that makes the games fun and interesting. Spidey on the other hand is a whole other ballgame.
Would the Mouse be interested in purchasing the rights back? Yes, they would were this to be true. Would the price be right is the more appropriate question. The Walt Disney Company paid a sizable amount versus a projected box office take to buy out the remaining rights to Paramount Pictures deal with Marvel a couple years ago. That deal included the "Avengers" film and "Iron Man 3". Paramount made a nice little fee for the release, but Web Head is clearly worth a great deal more than Shell Head, and Sony, if they decide to sell them will be asking for a much better deal than Paramount got. But don't hold your breath.
If this does happen, the last hold out would be Fox. And they're clearly moving ahead with their reboot of the "Fantastic Four" property and the expansion of the mutant franchises. They have no desire or inclination to give up such money making machines, but Disney will be watchful and holding them to the letter of the contracts. It's doubtful they'll give 20th Century Fox any wiggle room in any adaptation of Marvel characters. Over time, the characters will find their way back into the company fold, but unless some extremely pricey deal is made, it'll have to wait until they lose interesting in the properties. That will likely not happen until the box office for the films becomes at least a disappointment, or an outright financial dud.
But in the meantime, the Mouse's lawyers are ready to pounce...
Hat Tip to Comic Book Movie via Comic Book Therapy.
UPDATE: Harry over at Ain't It Cool News has been in touch with Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chair Amy Pascal. And this is something that isn't going to happen. So, until the films become unprofitable, or they miss a deadline for making one of the films, Marvel fans will have to wait for Spider-Man to debut in the MCU.