Breaking news, everyone!
Marvel and Sony have finally reached an agreement to allow Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I don’t know about you, but I am freaking out right now. Speculation has run rampant about the possibility of the webslinger playing apart in Marvel’s interconnected film franchise but so far nothing had come from it. After Sony’s massive cyber attack at the end of last year revealed that the two studios has been in talks fans became hopeful and rumors spread that the two networks might actually be close to an agreement.
Apparently those rumors were correct.
A new Spider-Man will be appearing first in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film as part of a Sony revamp/reboot of their Spider-Man franchise after which Sony will release a new Spider-Man film on July 28, 2017. The most likely MCU film to feature Spider-Man will be Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War which has already been touted as an Avengers 2.5 by many cast members. But considering Spidey’s key role in Civil War, it would make sense.
Kevin Feige will be a co-producer on the new Spider-Man film though ultimately Sony will retain creative control over the webslinger. They’ll be releasing their own movies though it’s clear that they will work hard to integrate them into the MCU and there is potential now for characters to crossover between the companies’ movies freely now.
This news is incredible and it’s a real win for Marvel fans everywhere. Marvel comics have always been part of a very interconnected world and, honestly, the absence of Spider-Man in the films has been really apparent to those of us used to seeing him bumping elbows with Marvel’s Avengers among others. Now Peter Parker has the chance to come home and join a much larger world.
Now, I say Peter Parker because Sony executives in the past have been reluctant to consider Miles Morales in the role of Spider-Man. But it’s possible that could change, too. I don’t want to speculate wildly but it’s possible that could see Miles Morales at some point. And, if not Miles, we might at least be able to see other Spider-Man related characters such as fan favorite and future Avenger Jessica Drew adding a bit more gender diversity to later iterations of the Avengers.
I am beyond excited about Spider-Man coming to the MCU. I like that Marvel had a chance to build it’s movie franchise without relying too much on Spider-Man but it’s time for Spidey to come home.
You can read Marvel’s complete press release at Marvel.com.
What do you think? Are you excited to see Spider-Man in the MCU?
To make room for Spider-Man in the summer of 2017 four other Marvel films will be pushed back by about half a year.
The updated release dates are as follows:
Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017
Black Panther – July 6, 2018
Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018
Inhumans – July 12, 2019
It’s not that big of a delay for any of the movies but with the Inhumans potentially playing a big part in Agents of Shield it will be intresting to see what the movie holds for us four years from now. And I know that after waiting so long six more months is going to be torture for Carol Corps members! Still, it’s a small price to pay for having Spidey back (especially if against all odds we get Miles Morales as Spider-Man instead of Peter Parker).