Sony returns all television rights to Spider-Man

Just days before Disney announced its purchase of Marvel, Spectacular Spider-Man Executive Producer Greg Weisman was informed that Sony had returned all television rights to the wall-crawler.

The move, "in exchange for some concession vis-a-vis the live-action Spider-Man features," apparently took place  in late July, just before Comic-Con International.

The news came as producers were waiting to learn whether a third season of The Spectacular Spider-Man would be ordered. The animated series, which debuted in March 2008 on The CW's now-defunct Kids' WB! programming block, moved to Disney XD for its second season. Episodes from the first season also stream on Marvel's website.

It's unclear what this, and the Disney-Marvel deal, will mean to the future of the show.

"A number of folks at Marvel have said kind things about the show in the past," Weisman tells IGN.com, "but as you can imagine they have a LOT on their plates right now, so no one's talked to me about any potential pick-ups since the world turned a bit upside-down. What hasn't changed, I imagine, is that we're still waiting to hear whether Disney XD even WANTS a new season. If Disney XD decides they don't want any episodes, it's no longer likely that we'd shop the series around to XD's competitors. So any decision begins at XD, I would think. And before you ask, no, nobody at Disney has talked to me about the series. "

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