Marvel has made it official that Spider-Man is indeed coming to their cinematic universe.
A deal has finally been made between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios to combine efforts moving forward with new Spider-Man movies. Producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal will be working together closely on the new films.
The first new solo film in partnership with Marvel Studios will be released on July 28th, 2017 but the character will first appear in one of the Marvel Studios productions. This likely means we could first see the new MCU Spidey in Captain America: Civil War.
Here’s the full press release which was posted on Marvel’s official website.
Marvel’s Kevin Feige to Produce Next Installment of the Spider-Man Franchise with Amy Pascal
(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.
It’s expected that we could be seeing this new Spider-Man first appear in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. Unlikely hiss role will be exactly as it was in the comics as Black Panther has taken that part in the film.
This would also mean that Marvel will indeed be looking to recast the role of Peter Parker with a new actor. May I suggest Kingsman‘s Taron Egerton who lost-out on the Cyclops role in X-Men Apocalypse but is starting a campagin to play Spider-Man instead.
There’s been chatter for months that Sony Japan has been trying hard to make a deal work between Marvel Studios and their film studio Sony Pictures for new Spider-Man films.
Fans should be rejoicing that Spider-Man is finally in the hands of the creative team that can really give him the love and respect he deserves.