- Sony and Disney have struck a US licensing deal for its theatrical movies beginning next year.
- The movies will move to Disney after their theatrical, home-entertainment, and Netflix runs are complete.
- The Netflix window is expected to last 18 months.
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Netflix isn’t the only streaming giant that Sony is striking deals with.
Sony and Disney announced on Wednesday that Disney had landed the US streaming and TV rights to new Sony theatrical releases beginning in 2022 until 2026.
The deal means that Disney will be able to stream new Sony theatrical releases on Disney Plus and Hulu, and air them on its linear networks like ABC and FX, but only after the movies complete their theatrical, home-entertainment, and Netflix runs.
The agreement also gives Disney the rights to Sony library titles that include franchises like “Spider-Man,” “Jumanji,” and “Hotel Transylvania.”
Netflix and Sony announced their own five-year licensing deal earlier this month. Netflix will stream new Sony movies beginning next year after they complete their theatrical and home-entertainment runs. Then they’ll go to Disney after the pay-one TV window with Netflix expires, which is typically after 18 months.
Sony’s 2022 theatrical slate includes “Morbius,” about a vampire who is a frequent Spider-Man villain in the comics; “Uncharted,” based on the hit video-game series; and a “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” sequel. The studio is expected to make “Jumanji” and “Bad Boys” sequels in the future, as well.
Sony owns the movie rights to Spider-Man and 900 related Marvel characters. Disney, which owns Marvel, and Sony struck a deal in 2019 for Spider-Man to star in one more Marvel Cinematic Universe solo movie and appear in another MCU film. That solo movie, “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” hits theaters in December.
The “Spider-Man” movies aren’t currently streaming on Disney Plus, but this new agreement between Sony and Disney means that could change. Disney noted in its announcement on Wednesday that Hulu will have access to a “significant number” of library titles beginning as early as June.