Spider-Man is officially entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 


By Sarah Jayne Alexander.

THIS IS MASSIVE! As we reported back in late 2014 there has been an ongoing dispute (actually it has been going on for years) over whether or not the Spider-Man franchise should head back to its original home of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and today we can FINALLY confirm that it is officially a thing: Marvel and Sony are joining forces to co-produce the web-slinger’s next films.

According to sources late yesterday evening, under the terms of the new deal, Spider-Man will possibly make his first MCU appearance in the third instalment of Marvel’s star spangled super hero feature Captain America: Civil War due for release on May 6th 2016 since he appears in the original comic book version. That will then be closely followed by the third Sony-produced Spider-Man film in the Andrew Garfield trilogy which is already in pre-production and is scheduled for release on July 28, 2017. Nothing was mentioned in the official announcement about whether a new actor will be brought in to replace Andrew Garfield and it was not confirmed that he will continue on as the sticky fingered super hero but all the talk of a new creative direction makes room for some changes, including the involvement of Marvel Studios’ real life super hero-Studio President and executive producer Mr Kevin Feige. Sound those horns!

The man behind Marvel Studios’ success having produced all of the recent box office successes will now work alongside the former Sony Head Amy Pascal to create and develop the new direction the web slinger will be taking in the coming years. Sony will remain in full control of the rights to the franchise meaning they will have the final creative word but given that Marvel’s cinematic universe is bigger than our own right now, we are almost certain that with the same team behind Spider-Man we can expect a similar mind blowing spectacle seen in the likes of Avengers, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy and Iron Man-amongst others.

Kevin Feige said in his announcement on the Marvel Website “I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie. Amy has been deeply involved in the realization on film of one of the world’s most beloved characters. Marvel’s involvement will hopefully deliver the creative continuity and authenticity that fans demand from the MCU. I am equally excited for the opportunity to have Spider-Man appear in the MCU, something which both we at Marvel, and fans alike, have been looking forward to for years.”

Sony were quick to comment on the new team up and backed up Kevin Feige’s visions  “Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios share a love for the characters in the Spider-Man universe and have a long, successful history of working together. This new level of collaboration is the perfect way to take Peter Parker’s story into the future.” Doug Belgrad, President, Sony Pictures

The news comes just a few days after Sony boss Amy Pascal announced that she was stepping down from her role and was looking into producing more films for Sony begging the question, was this the POA all along? A fair question after 2014’s hack drama, wherein the Sony servers were hacked into and an unfathomable amount of information and private emails were stolen and unleashed into the public domain. One of the reveals to come out of the hack was that Sony and Marvel had been in private talks over the potential spider-man cross over leading to fans voicing their opinions and wishes for the rumour to be a reality. Just a few months later Marvel have set up a suspect new Spider-Man twitter account, the fans have been heard, we have an official confirmation, and Amy Pascal will now go on to co-produce the next Spider-Man feature with Kevin Feige…we’re going to assume yes. Sneaky…..

We, of course, can only assume that Spider-Man will find himself being introduced in Captain America: Civil War as it has been confirmed the character will star in at least one feature before the final instalment of the stand-alone Sony trilogy ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’. Being an active member of the ‘Avengers Team in the original comic books, it would make sense to bring the character in to co-star against fellow super heroes before giving him his own one spider show. Captain America is still in pre-production (due to start production in April) so there is plenty of time to hop on board but the answer will ultimately come down to casting decisions and the actor signing up to a major multiple picture deal with both studios. The announcement has also shifted the October 2014 Phase 3 Schedule release around meaning the Spider-Man stand alone will get the ‘Thor Ragnarok’ release slot of July 2017 with Thor being moved along to a new release date of November 3rd 2017 and a number of other franchise stand alones being moved to later dates.

Whoever ends up wearing the red webbed spandex next, we welcome them to the MCU with open arms!

Now that Spider-Man has FINALLY cleared Marvel customs and is legally allowed to participate in the MCU, what do you want to see him involved with? Would you like cameos or stand-alone projects to maximise the collaborations full potential? Let us know in your comments and tweets!

Be sure to read our follow up article on Marvel’s Phase 3 schedule shift around after yesterday’s news and where releases such as ‘Thor: Ragnarok’  ‘Black Panther’ and ‘The Inhumans’ and now stand.

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