Marvel Studios finally gets their wish. Sony and Marvel Studios have struck an official deal to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The logistics amount to essentially a shared property. Spider-Man will appear in a Marvel Studios film and then Sony will release the next Spider-Man solo film on July 28, 2017. Sony still gets the final say creatively as well as financial and distribution rights for the solo Spidey films, but this deal means that the wall-crawler is now a part of the MCU and Marvel will also have some creative input. A report from The Wrap says that Andrew Garfield will not be returning as Peter Parker.
The release date for the newly announced solo Spidey film was the original date for Thor: Ragnarok. As a result of Spider-Man joining the MCU, four previously announced Marvel Studios films are being pushed back to make room.
- Thor: Ragnarok – now releases November 3, 2017
- Black Panther – now releases July 6, 2018
- Captain Marvel – now releases November 2, 2018
- Inhumans – now releases July 12, 2019
In yet another piece of related news, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that someone with intimate knowledge of the goings on is saying that Spidey will first appear in Captain America: Civil War, set to release May 6, 2016. If Civil War is following the broad strokes of the comics event, Spider-Man would be a central character as he is the first masked hero in the MCU. All others have known identities at least to some.
Marvel Studios had been trying for quite some time to bring Spider-Man over into the shared universe, and it’s unclear why Sony finally gave in and relinquished some control, especially so soon after Amazing Spider-Man 2. But we can speculate…
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