Spider-Man plans exposed in hack
Spider-Man could have featured in Captain America 3, as well as an animated comedy, according to leaked documents.
Plans to expand the superhero franchise were revealed in emails to and from Sony's motion picture chief Amy Pascal, which have been released on the Internet by hackers, reported the Wall Street Journal.
The emails reveal extensive discussions between executives at Sony and Marvel owner Walt Disney, up to their respective chief executives Kaz Hirai and Robert Iger.
In one email, dated October 30, Sony Pictures president Doug Belgrad told Pascal about Marvel producing a new trilogy of Spider-Man movies while Sony retains "creative control, marketing and distribution," while in another, she reveals Marvel's plan to include Spidey in the third Captain America instalment, Captain America: Civil War.
There had also been talk of an animated comedy, produced by 22 Jump Street and Lego Movie filmmakers Chris Miller and Phil Lord, along with previously disclosed Spider-Man spin-offs focused on villain team Sinister Six, super-foe Venom, and women from the webslinger's life.
The documents showed that talks broke down with Marvel, and Sony will continue with its own Spider-Man slate, with a "Spidey summit" planned for January to discuss future plans for the superhero, currently played by Andrew Garfield.
The hack by group Guardians of Peace has also exposed personal information, including the salaries and home addresses, of current and former employees.