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I used to think that Disney-owned Marvel had a pretty clear-cut claim to Wilson Fisk, featuring him in Daredevil since 2015. However, just a few months ago he appeared in Spider-Verse (brought to you by Sony), and now I'm not so sure I know who owns him. How can both studios use him?

  • Did someone make a deal with someone else, like how Disney let Fox change Negasonic Teenage Warhead's powers in exchange for the rights to use Ego in Guardians 2?
  • Is it a Quicksilver-style scenario, where Kingpin exists as part of both the rights to Daredevil and the rights to Spider-Man?
  • Is this all building up to a Kingpin-Verse movie, in which Peter Parker's multidimensional efforts to bring back Uncle Ben end up uniting Vincent D'Onofrio, Liev Schreiber, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Kingpig?
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    Daredevil is, of course, some sort of co-production with Netflix, who apparently have some degree of exclusivity rights on some of the characters therein. I'm not super-familiar with the business we call show, but I believe it's fairly common for licensing to be limited to a fairly specific medium, e.g. animated movies. – Paul D. Waite Feb 21 at 10:05
  • Also, AFAIR, Kingpin/Wilson Fisk is not in any of Sam Raimy'sSpiderman or Marc Webb's Amazing Spiderman movies, so before the Spider-Verse, it was not clear that rights to Fisk were "tied" to Spiderman. – Taladris May 23 at 0:32
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Sony made a deal with Fox where Fox paid them for the use of Kingpin in the Daredevil movie. But when the Daredevil sequel fell through the rights to Daredevil reverted to Marvel. I think actually the rights to Kingpin may have become a bit scattered.

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