Well that didn’t take long. With former Sony chief Amy Pascal vacating her post last week, a deal has finally been struck between Disney and Sony. Thanks to those companies and most likely the fact that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was such a stinker of a movie, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is finally going home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Here’s the press release in full via IndieWire:
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios announced today that Sony is bringing Marvel into the amazing world of Spider-Man.
Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.
Marvel and Sony Pictures are also exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films.
The new relationship follows a decade of speculation among fans about whether Spider-Man – who has always been an integral and important part of the larger Marvel Universe in the comic books – could become part of the Marvel Universe on the big screen. Spider-Man has more than 50 years of history in Marvel’s world, and with this deal, fans will be able to experience Spider-Man taking his rightful place among other Super Heroes in the MCU.
There’s no word yet as to how this new deal will impact current Spidey star Andrew Garfield and director Marc Webb. I’m hoping that Garfield stays on, as he truly is a great Spider-Man. From the sound of the deal, it looks like the Amazing Spider-Man franchise won’t be scrapped either, but rather folded into the MCU as well. A third reboot of Spider-Man isn’t needed by now, as audiences are already more than familiar with the character.
As for which film he’ll be in, there’s still time to possibly shove him into Captain America 3: Civil War and do the story some justice.
Despite it being a story of clashing ideologies between Iron Man and Captain America, Civil War had Spider-Man making some hard decisions, as he unmasked himself in support of Tony Stark’s superhero registration act, before he eventually decided to rebel against it and join Captain America’s resistance. Caught between two heroes, Spider-Man was the everyman character that audiences could relate to.
I’m really hoping that he can be placed organically into that film, to do it properly, because some quality web-slinging has been missing from the MCU for far too long now. It’s a great deal for Sony and Disney, but a deal where the fans win as well.
Last Updated: February 10, 2015