For those with complaints look on the bright side...Spidey can now be in the new Avenger's films without any legal battles with Sony!
Sony's option is on the original Peter Parker Spiderman Universe and all the books contained therein. The fact that Peter Parker is dead, probably Dr. Oct will be too shortly, Morales' powers are slightly different and all of the books are no longer actively being published these actions legally will divorce the two Spiderman properties leaving the Miles Morales Spiderman Universe and probably time traveling of that character fill-in past team-ups (if Disney wanted to) and there's absolutely no way to confuse Miles Morales with Peter Parker (which would be a large part of the legal standard for infringement)...It's BRILLIANT from a business and creative standpoint for the ongoing development of the character without continuing to add to Sony's Spiderman chest for films and for giving Disney back the film rights they always should have had to a core Marvel character.
Had they just made Parker's replacement another White guy with similar character attributes it would have made for slippery slope legally.
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I think what you guys are talking about is pretty circumspect since you aren't privy to the actual option contracts. While I also have not seen the contracts with my own eyes knowing how options work and that there was no Miles Morales character or an alternate "Ultimate Comics" line at the time the option contracts were drawn up. Legally Marvel couldn't option something that didn't already exist and an option is not a like a trademark it doesn't autommagically encompass everything with it's trademark name on it. I find it hard to believe that Marvel would sign away all future developments. Because there were multiple lines existing my guess is that Marvel optioned certain lines like "SpiderMan", "Amazing Spiderman" and "Spectacular Spiderman" and maybe "Ultimates: Spiderman." I suspect this is also the reason they will be re-introducing Spiderman 2099 in the comics.
I'm pretty sure that so long as Marvel's Spider-man (whatever his secret ID might be) started out being bitten by a radioactive spider, then he's still pretty much the same property. This would still include both Spock (who is already licensed to Fox by the way) and Miles.
Now if they cancelled Spider-man and created Spiderman (or Spider Man) and Spiderman (or Spider Man) began as the result of a spider crawling inside of a piece of equipment when a scientist was testing a teleportation device with himself as the lab rat, well, that would be an entirely different concept and Fox might not have any claim to it. But that's still a might..