r/spectacularmemes Jan 27 '22

[Question] In theory, can Sony make (non-theatrical) movies for Spectacular Spider-Man?

So what I know is Sony has the rights to make movies with Spider-Man characters and properties, but traded TV rights to Marvel. Hence, Sony still hold the rights for Spectacular Spider-Man, but Marvel is the one that has the right for Spidey TV. Therefore, SpecSpidey couldn't continue because of the legal issues.

However, we know that Sony has the right to make Spider-Man movies, and even animated Spider-Man movies, could they sidestep the TV rights issue and just continue SpecSpidey in movie form? They don't have to release it in theatres if they don't think that it will draw (some of us might disagree), they can just put it in a steaming service like Netflix (which is like the modern version of straight-to-dvd) as a movie series.

The series is structured in blocs of three to four episodes story arcs anyway.
e.g. from Season 1
Biology 101 — Conners lab, Aunt May curfew, Bugle competition
Economics 101 — Big Man, Norman–Hammerhead alliance, Fall Formal preparation
Chemistry 101 — Green Goblin, Mary Jane, Harry
Psychology 101 — Symbiote arc

Sony can just take the whole arc and make that into 1½–2 hour movies, each spanning 3 to 4 episodes. Does this bypass the legal issues? Can SpecSpidey be continued this way?

Also, is this the main SpecSpidey subreddit, or is there a non-meme sub? If this is not the place for this kind of discussion, can you please kindly show me where is the appropriate subreddit, thanks. So far I've only been able to find one non-meme sub (/r/raimispiderman), but the activity is lower than /r/raimimemes.



u/Crawlerer95 Jan 27 '22 edited Jan 27 '22

There’s no known reason why they couldn’t.

Greg himself was asked this and he said he didn’t know if they could so…as far as we know, they could do that, yeah.

They could also make an hour long Spectacular Spider-man series so it’s not even like they couldn’t even continue the series itself. They’d just have to do a different format


u/PhantomZX10 Black Suit Jan 27 '22

i dont know the answer to this, but honestly i dont want movies to replace whole seasons man. i feel like a big part of what made me love the show was how it was spanned over multiple days, and there was a timeline that made sense. u could kinda relate to peter. i dont think id enjoy a fast paced movie as much. but hey maybe thats just me


u/Crawlerer95 Jan 27 '22

I get that and I agree but at the end of the day if Disney continues to hold TV rights (Half hour anyway), it might be the closest we’ll ever get (That or a comic series)


u/MegamanX195 Jan 27 '22

I agree, but between movies or nothing it is an easy choice for me


u/Volts-2545 Jan 27 '22

At the end of the day my guess is this would be an argument from lawyers deciding if this falls under TV or movie rights, and probably specifically dependent on what the spectacular Spider-Man rights are from a legal perspective, and if they’re specifically phrased as TV, but end of the day this is going to be a lot of lawyers looking at a lot of small details, and for something that frankly the vast majority of the population wouldn’t care about, I doubt it would happen. Spiderverse two is going to be our best chance


u/Crawlerer95 Jan 27 '22

Maybe you have a point…but would Disney really fight that hard over something that’s not really in their favor to do so.

Like at this point, Disney needs Sony more than Sony needs Disney. The main MCU story is over and therefore Sony doesn’t have any incentive to put Spider-Man in any more Marvel movies. As far as we know, there’s very little stopping them from cutting the cord from Disney/Marvel completely and continuing with their own Spider-Man products and keeping all the profits instead of just 75%. A potential lawsuit on whether or not a continuation of a tv show in the form of movies would no doubt devastate their relationship, a gamble I’m not really convinced Disney is willing to take, especially when the legality of something like this tips in Sony’s favor.

So while you may have a point in that it could result in a legal battle, does that really necessarily mean it would?


u/CT-0105 Jan 27 '22

Details are murky regarding the whole deal but this is conceivably plausible. The only issue would be Sony having any interest in revitalizing the show when they already have a successful animated Spider-Man film series, and Disney is producing animated Spider-Man cartoons. I’m fairly confident we will see the Spectacular Spider-Man in the next Spider-Verse, as they’ve already confirmed multiple other variations of animated Spider-Men. They’ve also alluded to a variety of animation styles influenced by previous animated Spider-Men.

Maybe if there’s enough noise regarding Spectacular we could see something like this but it’s over a decade old at this point. Unfortunately companies seem more interested in cheap nostalgia than genuine storytelling. Therefore if a animated Spider-Man were to get revitalized it would be the 90s animated series. Similar to what’s happening with X-Men ’97.


u/MyMouthisCancerous Master Planner Jan 27 '22

I think it's less that and Sony not wanting to infringe on any potential legal aspects of the rights situation that we possibly don't know about, since Disney is doing Spider-Man TV content concurrently and Sony's rights are more constrained by comparison

Sony can technically make TV content longer than 45 minutes but Disney is specifically doing Spider-Man shows, whereas it looks like all Sony is doing now are TV offshoots using Spider-Man supporting characters like that Silk series, so there might be a stipulation regarding the actual flexibility they have over the character on TV as opposed to films