Sony Almost Bought All Marvel Character Rights in the 1990s
Marvel offered to sell Sony Pictures the movie rights to all of their characters in 1998, but the studio only wanted Spider-Man. Marvel had emerged from bankruptcy in the mid to late-1990s, and leveraging their characters’ movie rights was their way of easing themselves out of their financial predicament. While the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and a handful of other characters and teams were already sold to studios such as 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures, Marvel still had a vast library that was untouched.
In the 1990s, Iron Man was being transferred from studio to studio, Black Panther was proving troublesome to whichever studio owned the rights, and Doctor ...
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