Following last nights cinematic universe shattering news that Sony and Marvel Studios had finally agreed a deal to see Spider-man feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe more details have now emerged on both the specifics of the deal between the two studios and also how the character will be portrayed.
Earlier today we were told that as part of the agreement Spidey will first appear in a Marvel movie before having his own solo outing with Sony in charge. As part of the deal Marvel have also agreed to push the release dates of four of their announced movies back by as much as six months.
Now we have more details released and here’s a breakdown of what we know so far:
Spider-Man isn’t costing Marvel a penny
Marvel hasn’t paid any money to use the character as part of the deal but also won’t receive a cut of the earnings for any of Sony’s Spider-Man solo movies. This deal goes both ways and Sony will not get a cut of the Marvel movies that feature Spider-Man.
Marvel has the merchandising rights
Great news for parent company Disney, the kings of merchandising, Spidey is in their capable hands when it comes to all the branded goods we’ll no doubt be buying our children in a couple of years time.
Disney and Marvel Studios offered billions
Marvel’s parent company reportedly offered Sony billions to fully buy back the rights to Spider-Man. If this is true then many will be confused as to why Sony would turn down an offer like that when the franchise hasn’t exactly been raking in the cash for them this far. The answer, Sony gets a revitalized Spider-Man thanks to Marvel with their seal of approval attached. Marvel of course do pretty well out of the deal themselves.
MCU characters may appear in Spider-Man solo movies
As part of the deal Spidey will first appear in a Marvel movie, likely to be Captain America: Civil War, before getting his own stand-alone film from Sony in 2017. The deal has not ruled out the possibility that other Marvel owned characters may appear in the Sony produced movies.
Feige is working for free with Sony
The miracle man of Marvel, Kevin Feige will provide his services and expertise to Sony for the solo Spider-Man in 2017 without being compensated
Sony still have the casting power
Sony will still have the final say over who plays the new Spider-Man with reports suggesting they are looking for an actor much younger than current Spidey Andrew Garfield.
Peter Parker is going back to high school
Sony is looking to go back to “Spidey’s roots and put the character back in high school”. This would suggest that for the third time in just over a decade we are getting another Spider-man origin story though that is yet to be confirmed.
Sony are on the hunt for a new director
Sony have confirmed that Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2 director Marc Webb will not be returning for a third movie
Sony’s Spider-Man spin-offs are still a go
Sony has said, for the moment, that their planned spin-offs including Sinister Six, Venom and the female Spidey characters are still in the works but no official release schedule has been agreed or confirmed. Feige is not expected to be creatively involved with the spin-offs.