The biggest news in Hollywood for the past few months has been about Sony and Marvel getting together to rejuvenate the Spider-Man movie franchise, but will a new deal Sony just announced have any affect on Marvel's Avengers franchise?
Variety reports that Joe and Anthony Russo have signed a three year "first-look" deal for feature films with Sony Pictures. The duo are curently in pre-production on Captain America: Civil War for Marvel Studios, following up on their success with 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
“We’re thrilled to make a home at Sony Pictures, and to be partnering with the entire team,” the Russo brothers said in a statement. "The studio has created an environment that is not only collaborative, but truly filmmaker-friendly and we’re excited to begin developing both new and ambitious material with them.”
The exact nature of the deal between the Russos and Sony is unknown, but generally in "first-look" movie deals the studio is given the first opportunity buy a project from the producers, in this case the Russos, before they can take it to other suitors.
Captain America: Civil War wouldn't be affected by this as that deal is already signed, but what effect is may have on the Russos directing projects for other studios isn't clear. Back in November 2014, Deadline reported that there was unofficial buzz that the Russos were in-line to direct the back-to-back The Avengers: Infinity War movies.
This new deal does make the leaked emails from the Sony hack last year more interesting, as Deadline reported that there was correspondence in those between the Russos and then-chairman Amy Pascal for the duo to sign on as producers of the next Spider-Man movie. The Sony/Marvel deal scuttled those plans, with Pascal now producing alongside Marvel Studios' Kevin Fiege.