Marvel fans, prepare to geek out: In a late night press conference held Monday night, it became official that Sony and Marvel have come to an agreement, thus sending Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)!
By: Vanessa Kolthof
The announcement claims that Spider-Man will be introduced in one of the upcoming Marvel films to set up the beloved web-slinger’s own franchise set to hit theaters on July 28, 2017. The film will be co-produced by Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, and Amy Pascal, former co-chairman at Sony. Pascal oversaw the launch of the Spider-Man franchise for the studio 13 years ago, which altogether, the five previous films have collected more than $4 billion worldwide.
Fans have eagerly been waiting for this information to be finalized since emails between the two companies were leaked shortly after Marvel announced their official plans for Phase 3 in late October 2014. Since the announcement a few short hours ago, fans have already been soaking in all the glorious possibilities that introducing this character will do for the already widely successful movies Marvel has garnered.
Everyone has been wondering who will take over the titular role (assuming Andrew Garfield is for sure getting the boot), contemplating which movie will introduce the famed superhero (there has been past speculation that if Spider-Man were to join the universe, he’d be making his big screen debut in Captain America: Civil War), and of course, trying to determine if and how Marvel will plot to thrust Peter Parker alongside The Avengers.
Not only that, but this deal means that fans also get to look forward to seeing some familiar faces within Spidey’s solo movies as the press release on Marvel.com so eloquently states that, “Marvel and Sony Pictures are also exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man movies.”
Speaking of other characters from the MCU, many were wondering what this announcement’s release date would mean for the other films announced for Phase 3. After all, everyone knew it was highly unlikely that Marvel would plan for two movie releases on the same day, seeing as Spider-Man’s first solo movie is now set for the date in which Thor: Ragnarok was previously residing on. Well, Marvel also threw out a whole shift in the release date schedule for Phase 3, starting with Thor: Ragnarok shifting to a November 3, 2017 release date, Black Panther going to July 6, 2018, Captain Marvel hitting theaters on November 2, 2018, and finally sending Inhumans over for a July 12, 2019 release. Both parts of the Avengers: Infinity War will remain seated on their original dates of May 4, 2018 (for Part 1) and May 3, 2019 (for Part 2) though.
Marvel recently won the Internet with their phase 3 announcement has come prepared to integrate Spider-Man into their ever growing universe. Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company said, “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.”
Still, staying true to their brand though the studio’s aim with their involvement with Sony in the upcoming Spider-Man franchise, “will hopefully deliver the creative continuity and authenticity that fans demand from the MCU,” he explained. Given their mighty box office successes, it’s likely that fans everywhere believe them and are fantastically supportive of this incredible endeavour.
UPDATE: It has now been confirmed by multiple sources that Andrew Garfield is in fact out as the web-slinger but Sinister Six may still happen.
The new Spider-Man will swing into theaters on July 28, 2017.