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Spider-Man Films, Jumanji & More Headed to Disney+ In Massive Sony Deal

April 22, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Spider-Man: Far From Home

Disney and Sony have struck an agreement that will see a number of Sony’s films, including their Marvel properties like Spider-Man, head to Disney+. The two companies announced a huge multi-year deal that will license Sony Pictures’ new theatrical releases from 2022 through 2026 for streaming and TV rights to Disney’s various platforms including Disney+, Hulu, ABC, Disney Channels, Freeform, FX, and National Geographic.

The deal will include all of Sony’s theatrical films during that time period, which include several Marvel films like Spider-Man: No Way Home, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and Morbius. It also includes the upcoming fourth Jumanji film, Uncharted, the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel, and David Leitch’s ensemble action-thriller Bullet Train that stars Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Logan Lerman, Michael Shannon, Lady Gaga, and more. In addition, the deal provides for “a significant number” of Sony’s past library titles including the other Jumanji films, Hotal Transylvania, and Sony’s previous Marvel movies like the varios Spider-Man franchises. The announcement adds, “Notably, the agreement provides Hulu access to a significant number of library titles beginning as early as this June.”

The deal comes not long after Sony signed a deal with Netflix for titles during the post-theatrical window, meaning that the films will arrive there first before hitting Disney properties. It gives Sony a lengthy avenue of locations for their properties, as they do not have streaming platforms of their own. It also means that Disney will have multi-platform access to Sony’s films dujing the windows typically used for ad-supported cable (aka basic cable) and broadcast airings.

“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.”