Marvel.com confirmed today that a deal has been struck between Sony and Marvel which will finally integrate Spiderman into the current Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This is something that has been questioned and rumored for quite some time, but was not yet possible due to Sony’s legal lock on the Spiderman franchise. The new deal will have a number of implications, many of which are detailed explicitly, while some are less definitive. Here’s an excerpt from Marvel’s announcement article:
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.
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As stated there, we are going to see at least a cameo appearance (if not potentially more) from our favorite webslinger in an upcoming movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From what we know, the possibilities there would be Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. When you look at those three opportunities, it certainly seems most likely that Civil War will be the one they’re referring to since the comic involves many Marvel stars, and with Doctor Strange being a new franchise, they’ll likely want to develop that story in a more pure way. Following that will be a brand new Spiderman movie, which will be still largely produced and owned by Sony but will be better integrated into the Marvel Universe, and in our opinion likely not another origin story (since this has been done twice already!). This also means that Andrew Garfield will hand over the reigns as Spidey after just two decent but unspectacular films (confirmed according to The Wrap). Who will be next is a question that we currently have no leads on, but it will certainly be a huge talking point.
So what does this really mean, and is it the right move for Sony and Marvel? Well, obviously Marvel must have been wanting this deal to be made for a while, with their Marvel Cinematic Universe taking off the way it has, the only real gap is that they are missing one of their most prominent people, Peter Parker. Of course, Sony are also ecstatic here, because trying to create a Marvel movie that is independent of the current Marvel Universe, while all of the other films are going on is very difficult to do, and it almost decreases the credibility of the film for many fans. So now there will be all the hype and credibility added, but Sony have maintained ownership and final creative control. I would assume that also means that they will not be losing too much of the profits either!
Business aspects aside, this is great news for movie fans and I can’t wait to see Captain America: Civil War when it hits theaters in 2016.