|This article is written from the Real World perspective|
|Sony Pictures Entertainment|
|Current Name||Sony Pictures|
|Predecessor(s)||Columbia Pictures Entertainment|
|Founded|| December 21, 1987 (as Columbia Pictures Entertainment)|
August 7, 1991 (as Sony Pictures Entertainment)
|Key Figure(s)||Michael Lynton (Chairman and CEO)|
|Subsidiaries||Sony Pictures Television|
Sony Pictures Entertainment is an entertainment company that produces, acquires and distributes filmed entertainment through multiple platforms. It will produce and distribute Spider-Man. It owns Sony Pictures Television, who previously made Spider-Man: The New Animated Series and The Spectacular Spider-Man. It is a part of Sony, a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation.
The studio produced the three Spider-Man films from Sam Raimi. The first two were critically acclaimed and, along with the first two X-Men films, helped popularize superhero films to the mainstream audience. However, the third film was divisive among critics and fans and ended Raimi's run on the films.
When The Walt Disney Company purchases Marvel Entertainment it presented rights issues for Sony. They made a deal to return the television rights to Marvel in order to maintain film rights. They lost the rights to produce The Spectacular Spider-Man while Marvel did not have to rights to continue it, thus resulting in Ultimate Spider-Man.
The movie series was rebooted into The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel. The first was praised and successful but not as much as the Raimi films. The second was intended to create a cinematic universe along the lines of Marvel Studios' films using the characters they owned rights to. However, it did poorly among fans and critics. And this series was also ended.
Most recently, Sony partnered with Marvel and Disney to share the film rights. Under the agreement, Spider-Man can appear in Marvel-owned features while Marvel helps Sony produce Spider-Man features.