Stan Lee‘s daughter apparently has some words about this whole Spider-Man thing going on. Now that Sony and Marvel are in a pissing match about who can make more money off of a narrative universe that neither of them are even remotely responsible for creating, Joan Celia Lee (called JC because no one wants to be called Joan Celia) has decided to raise her hand with an opinion. I mean, she’s the daughter of the great Stan Lee who actually was responsible for the creation of the character of Spider-Man–so she must have insight, right? Well… maybe… maybe not.
Back in 2009, Disney bought Marvel Entertainment for about $4 billion. However, Marvel Entertainment didn’t own all the Marvel properties that got turned into movies. For example, the X-Men are Marvel properties, but 21st Century Fox owns the X-Men film franchise. Disney also owns Fox, but I’m sure you see my point here. Sony has owned the Spider-Man film franchise since 2002’s Spider-Man. Sony isn’t connected in any way with Disney, which makes this situation potentially very messy. Variety reports that Sony and Disney have been negotiating new financing terms for future Spider-Man movies, but negotiations have stalled. And here’s why the nerd tears started falling.
Yahoo! Finance says that Disney released their Q3 earnings press release on Tuesday, which was their first full quarter since acquiring Fox. The X-Men franchise has made a lot of money for 20th Century Fox. Disney probably thought the first X-Men movie since their acquisition was going to dump more money into Scrooge McDuck’s swimming pool. Nope! Dark Phoenix actually took money out, not surprisingly.
If anyone was going to reboot Home Alone, I would have guessed either horror director Eli Roth, or the studio that makes the Saw films. Because who else would want to tackle a Christmas-themed movie about a sadistic, sociopathic child who hates his family and takes gleeful pleasure in torturing two desperate petty thieves (as well as an innocent minimum wage-earning teenage pizza boy, let’s not forget that part)? Well apparently the Disney’s into it.
In 2019 people find the silliest things to get so bent out of shape over. For example, last year a very angry mother went on a social media tirade against childless people coming to Disney World, which in turn inspired a new op-ed in the New York Post. Now a huge debate has sparked online over whether people without children, millennials specifically, should be allowed into Disney World at all.
And in a strange turn of events, it’s not from horny, confused people accidentally buying tickets to what they thought was The Loin King.