First off, when we use the word “own” we mean that a media conglomerate and/or production company has full authoritative control over a Marvel character’s film rights. For instance, if you watched Black Panther, you may have seen its promotional photos that the words “Marvel Studios” were stamped on. And you may have automatically thought that Marvel Studios is just a solo, Marvel business… when actually it’s a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company.
The more you know, right? Well, so, on top of Black Panther, Disney also owns a plethora of the characters that make up the popular group of Marvel celebs. They also have possession of the Avengers (Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye), the Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and the Inhumans. We know that sort of makes the bulk of them, but it’s not all of them.
Disney has absolutely zero ownership over Spider-Man, The Hulk, Namor, Venom, and Mysterio. Marvel Studios and Sony shared authority over Spider-Man, but as of almost two years ago, the two decided not to continue their partnership with the New York-bred guardian and Sony was granted all the rights to Peter Parker.
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