Marvel Studios and Sony Entertainment have announced that a deal has been agreed for Spider-Man to appear in Marvel films.
As part of the agreement, Spidey will first appear in a Marvel film – possible Captain America: Civil War, but that has yet to be confirmed – before Marvel and Sony jointly work on a new Spider-Man solo movie, which has a confirmed release date of 28 July 2017.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will co-produce the new Spider-Man outing along with Amy Pascal. Sony will continue to own, finance, distribute and have final creative control of the character’s films.
Disney president and CEO Bob Iger has commented on the deal, echoing what million of fans worldwide will be thinking;
“Spider-Man is one of Marvel’s great characters, beloved around the world. We’re thrilled to work with Sony Pictures to bring the iconic web-slinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which opens up fantastic new opportunities for storytelling and franchise building.”
Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, says that working with Marvel is the right way to go for the web-slinging franchise;
“We always want to collaborate with the best and most successful filmmakers to grow our franchises and develop our characters. Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy, who helped orchestrate this deal, are the perfect team to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man. This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans.”
Speculation has been rampant for several months that a deal was in the pipeline, following leaked reports that meetings had been held over the future of Spider-Man. Marvel were rumoured to be concerned over the character’s previous cinematic outings and were keen to reboot the character. And Feige has revealed that he is keen to bring “continuity and authenticity” to Spidey;
“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.”
If Civil War is where Feige and Marvel are planning to add Spider-Man, that makes Avengers: Age of Ultron even more must-see, with the possibility of a last-minute post-credits sting. It was previously rumoured that if Marvel were to get Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield would be ditched from the role. No casting has been spoken of yet, at least publicly.