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Disney won't try to steal 'Spiderman'
Speaking to an audience at the 37th Annual UBS Global Meida & Communications Conference about a wide range of business, Walt Disney Company president and CEO Bob Iger didn't seem to be itching to try and return the movie right to "Spider-Man" to its new owners.
Walt Disney is in the process of acquiring Marvel, the owner and creator of the web slinging character, but Sony Pictures has had movie franchise rights to "Spider-Man" for quite some time. Additionally, 20th Century Fox has the rights to almost the entire Marvel mutant universe which they have brought to the big screen in the "X-Men" and "Wolverine" films. Fox also still owns the movie rights to "The Fantastic Four." There has been speculation Disney might try to strong arm control of those properties back sooner than their contractual expiration date. That doesn't seem to be the case.
Iger told the group it would be "just fine" for Disney if Sony keeps making "Spider-Man" movies given that Marvel handles the licensing for them and has a big character library. The studio will move forward trying to develop more lesser known characters.
For now at least.