The Internet is in a frenzy today with Marvel and Sony Pictures announcing that they’ll be joining forces and bringing Spider-Man in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to the official statement released by Marvel, “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.”
This is spectacular news for Spider-Man and Marvel fans alike. It’s long been rumoured that Marvel and Sony were in talks to get Spider-Man in one or more Marvel produced MCU movies, but up until today, it seemed that was less and less likely to happen.
There’s no official word yet as to which Marvel film Spider-Man will be appearing in first, but as most of the Internet seems to agree upon, it would make sense if he was introduced in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. Spider-Man was a key figure in the Civil War storyline as he was the first superhero to publicly reveal his identity during the time of the Superhero Registration Act that was passed by the U.S. government.
Although there’s no official word from Sony or Marvel as to whether Andrew Garfield will be reprising his Amazing Spider-Man role, Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company said: “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”. At this stage, it’s more than likely that Marvel would choose another actor to usher in Spidey’s first appearance in the MCU.
Marvel also took the opportunity to announce that four previously announced installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will have new release dates.
Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” will hit theaters November 3, 2017. Marvel’s “Black Panther” will now make its way to theaters on July 6, 2018, instead of the previously announced November 2017. Marvel’s “Captain Marvel” will be released on November 2, 2018 and Marvel’s “Inhumans” will now debut in theaters July 12, 2019.
The previously announced dates for Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War Part 1”, May 4, 2018, and “Avengers: Infinity War Part 2” on May 3, 2019, remain unchanged.