Sony has been the target of a recent hack, which has been revealing various inside information about the company.
Information related to executive salaries as well as the code names celebrities use to book hotels have hit the net, but of interest to comic book enthusiasts is leaked information related to Spider-Man.
Sony owns the film rights to Spider-Man, with Disney retaining the merchandising rights. In addition, Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige is an executive producer on the Amazing Spider-Man movies; so we see the studios are on good terms.
Well, new hacked information has revealed that Marvel Studios wanted Spider-Man for their upcoming Captain America 3 movie, which will star Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr, and that talks have taken place between Marvel and Sony (in the comics, Spider-Man is an integral part of the "Civil War" storyline).
According to the Wall Street Journal, hacked information revealed back-and-forth e-mails in regards to Spider-Man, Marvel and Captain America: Civil War.
It's stated an e-mail from Sony Pictures president Doug Belgrad to Sony motion picture chief Amy Pascal discussed a "potential scenario that would see Marvel produce a new trilogy of Spider-Man movies while Sony retains ‘creative control, marketing and distribution.'"
It's also said in a separate e-mail, Pascal "tells a business partner that Marvel wanted to include Spider-Man in its planned third Captain America movie."
According to the report, a source has told the Wall Street Journal that talks eventually broke down with Marvel, and now Sony is planning a "Spidey Summit" for this January to discuss further plans about the Spider-Man franchise.
The hacked information also revealed a tidbit about plans or for an animated Spider-Man comedy film, which would be produced by Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the duo behind 22 Jump Street and The Lego Movie.
Update #2: Spider-Man Marvel deal may not be done.