Spider-Man: Marvel reaches deal to work with Sony for use of the webhead in the MCU

Marvel announced a deal that will put Spider-Man in their Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) for one movie.

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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.

This is a collaboration between Studios, but in short it means:

  • Kevin Feige (Marvel) and Amy Pascal (Sony) will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web-slinger.
  • The new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
  • Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017.
  • 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.

Let’s stress again the part where Sony still controls the fate of Spider Man. Sony is neither giving up their rights on the character, nor are they saying Marvel can use him any way they want. It’s more like supervised child visits.

Also, Disney has announced they’re pushing the third Thor installment, Thor Ragnarok to November 3, 2017. That means Black Panther, Inhumans, and Captain Marvel have all moved too.  According to the WallStreet Journal, Black Panther now comes out on July 6, 2018, taking over for Captain Marvel. Captain Marvel then takes the place of Inhumans on November 2, 2018, and Inhumans opens July 12, 2019. Infinity War parts one and two remain the same.

As excited as I am to see Spidey in the MCU, we still have to see what kind of relationship develops over the years. I honestly don’t think Marvel will ever have complete control over the webhead during my time on this earth, unless of course Disney somehow buys Sony or the other way around.

Let’s all hope for the best and maybe we’ll get to see more Spidey around Marvel/Disney movies.

Here’s Marvel’s announcement.

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