The latest adventure of your friendly neighborhood web slinger, Spider-Man: No Way Home, has just about wrapped up its run in movie theaters with a $1.776 Billion box office performance. It is currently the 6th highest grossing film of all time just behind Avengers: Infinity War and is the highest grossing film in SONY’s library. It is one of those event films that truly captured the magic of nearly 20 years of Spider-Man films and proved that if you kept the audiences’ interest in mind your film will succeed.
The film will of course be coming to DVD and Blu-Ray in the coming months and will be available to buy digitally on multiple platforms. But when it comes to streaming the film it appears that it will be available on an unlikely platform.
SONY announced a partnership with Starz, saying that the film will be available to stream on the Starz platform “Sometime over the next six months“.
Unlike multiple big studios like Disney, Warner Bros., NBCUniversal and ViacomCBS, SONY has opted to not create its own streaming platform and has been partnering with multiple different platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime to release their films digitally over streaming. Starz is just the latest partner in this venture. SONY seems to want to focus on just making films and focusing on other business ventures such as their TV manufacturing and their PlayStation brand.
Disney most certainly feels a bit burnt on this as Spider-Man is a Disney property, but due to pre-existing contract deals SONY owns the film rights. Perhaps Disney should have “renegotiated the deal” when they bought Marvel back in 2009.
Disney did make a deal with SONY to have Spider-Man films appear on Disney Plus and Hulu six months after their theatrical release, but that only includes films from 2022 – 2026. But since No Way Home was a 2021 film it is not included with the deal.
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