Fans have been clamoring for the wall crawler to makes his return home to Marvel proper for years. Today finally sees those pipe dreams become reality! Sony and Marvel have reached a deal to have Spider-Man join the MCU! Check out below for details!
After Sony’s The Amazing Spider-man 2 failed to meet the lofty expectations set forth by the studio, it seems they have finally wised up to the fact that they are ill equipped to handle the property. The Sony hack that revolved around The Interview also shed light on how much turmoil surrounded the property behind the scenes. While it looked like discussions between Marvel and Sony had collapsed earlier this year, it turns out we were all played for fools. Marvel has just announced via their official website that Peter Parker will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The deal states that ownership of the Spider-man IP will remain with Sony but the films will be co-produced by Marvel studios with Feige in the lead.
From the wording in the release it sounds as if the first MCU Spidey flick will be hitting relatively shortly. “Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017,” This implies that he will first appear in his own film before that, which can only mean this year or the next.
Here is the full, official release by Marvel.
(Culver City, California, and Burbank, California February 09, 2015) – Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios announced today that Sony is bringing Marvel into the amazing world of Spider-Man.
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.
Marvel and Sony Pictures are also exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films.
The new relationship follows a decade of speculation among fans about whether Spider-Man – who has always been an integral and important part of the larger Marvel Universe in the comic books – could become part of the Marvel Universe on the big screen. Spider-Man has more than 50 years of history in Marvel’s world, and with this deal, fans will be able to experience Spider-Man taking his rightful place among other Super Heroes in the MCU.
Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, 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.”
“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,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. “This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans.”
“Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios share a love for the characters in the Spider-Man universe and have a long, successful history of working together. This new level of collaboration is the perfect way to take Peter Parker’s story into the future,” added Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.
“I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “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.”
Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.
Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” will hit theaters November 3, 2017. The following year, Marvel’s “Black Panther” will make its way to theaters on July 6, 2018, and Marvel’s “Captain Marvel” on November 2, 2018. Finally, Marvel’s “Inhumans” will now debut in theaters July 12, 2019.
The previously announced dates for Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War Part 1” and “Avengers: Infinity War Part 2” on May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019, respectively, remain unchanged.
With a Spider-Man film taking the July 28th, 2017 time slot, that means Thor:Ragnarok will most likely be moving. Why would Marvel and Sony compete with a fellow MCU film? How Spidey will fit into the overall fabric of the universe is a complete mystery but the fact that this deal went through must have fans the world over very excited!
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