Marvel Studios and "Spider-Man" are once again parting ways.
A new report from Deadline says that the partnership between Disney and Sony that finally united the webslinger with the Avengers -- paving the way for hits including "Avengers: Infinity War," "Avengers: Endgame," "Spider-Man: Homecoming," and "Spider-Man: Far From Home" -- is effectively over, following a dispute over money. According to the trade, Disney was attempting to broker a new deal with Sony that would see both studios put up a 50-50 financial stake in future "Spider-Man" flicks (and essentially earn 50-50 in profits), rather than the reported 5 percent of first-dollar grosses it currently earns.
But Deadline says Sony scoffed at that idea, and after Disney declined to keep the current terms of the partnership, the studios decided to part ways entirely. Now, Marvel Studios -- and its chief and super producer, Kevin Feige -- will no longer be involved in the "Spider-Man" franchise going forward, though star Tom Holland and director Jon Watts are still attached to two more movies featuring the hero.
Deadline speculates that Sony simply didn't want to share such a large piece of its most profitable franchise with Disney, and the studio does already have plans in place for a "Venom" sequel and several other spin-offs in the Spidey-verse. Just how successful those will be without the golden touch of Marvel Studios and Feige remains to be seen.