It was only recently that Disney and Fox entered into a deal to purchase all of the latter’ film and television assets. Well, it seems that another industry giant may soon go up for sale, Sony. With Sony Corp’s Chief Executive Kaz Hirai stepping down, and Cheif Financial Officer Kenichiro Yoshida set to succeed him, speculation is growing that a sale may soon be imminent.
According to a report from Deadline, speculation began after recent trends in Sony’s stock movement. After Hirai’s resignation Sony stock rose 6% Friday which is noteworthy given the DOW has recently fallen 660 points. While no major shakeups are expected during this change up Sony is continuing to seek possible ways to grow their business. As of now, Sony has not officially announced plans to sell but it is important to note the sale of Fox began just like this.
While Hirai is stepping down he will still be of Sony as a Chairman as to serve as an advisor to Yoshida. And while both men have served Sony in various ways the main difference is that Yoshida views Sony as more of a technology company. So with Yoshida set to take over April 1 its clear to many the company is in for a major shift, which could see Sony sell off its entertainment division and focus more on its technology division.
This is where the report gets interesting for comic book fans as it raises the question of what will happen to the Spider-Man rights. As of now Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have a partnership in place to share the rights which allowed them to integrate Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. Now, however, if Sony were to sell its entertainment rights it would open up a pathway for Marvel to secure the full rights to the web-slinger.
We are still waiting to see if the deal with Fox goes through so it would seem rather unlikely Disney would enter into negotiations to require yet another huge corporation. This also raises the question of what may happen if another company buys Sony, would the Spider-Man rights revert back to Marvel or would the rights be sold to the new company.
As of now, it is too early to tell if Sony will even try to sell their film and television properties. But as more develops you can be certain we at SuperBroMovies will be here to keep you updated.