Disney Inks Huge Licensing Deal With Sony

Last Updated on April 28, 2021

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Disney and Sony have struck a massive multi-year movie deal that will surely make Marvel fans happy. With three shows (WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki) and 2 movies (Shang Chi and Black Widow) releasing in 2021, the fans are in for a ride with this new development among the production houses.

 

The limited-to-U.S. licensing agreement is on track to bring all of Sony’s 2022 release slate on Disney’s streaming platforms including Disney+ and Hulu. This will include all Spider-Man titles among many other big projects. Having all of Marvel’s interconnected movies and TV shows in one platform is going to benefit Disney greatly in terms of subscriptions.

Fans are confused about a similar deal Sony signed earlier this year with Netflix, giving the streaming giant a pay 1 window deal for all of its content starting from 2022. This is a smart choice on Sony’s part, as its deal with Netflix does not restrict them to sell their license to any other streaming platforms. This means that Sony’s content will come to Netflix first after their theatrical release and then it will be available on Disney+.

Sony has a diverse film library and inking this deal with Disney means big bucks for both parties. Surely, Disney’s investment is going to benefit the company in the longer run. Apart from Disney+ and Hulu, all of Sony’s previous and upcoming content from 2022 onwards will be available on Disney’s linear platforms such as ABC, Freeform, FX, National Geographic, and all Disney channels. Further details regarding the financials and exclusivity of content between Sony and Disney are not disclosed by either of them.

Even if all Spider-Man movies become available on Disney+, but its infinity gauntlet will remain incomplete because Universal has the rights to The Incredible Hulk (2008) – the movie in which people were afraid to make Edward Norton angry. But this can happen in the future if Disney strikes another deal with Universal.

According to a press release, not only Marvel characters, but other popular Sony films including Hotel Transylvania and Jumanji will also be available on Disney platforms. As part of the deal, Hulu will also get access to various library titles by June.