Marvel and Sony Agree to Let Spider-Man into the MCU

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Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment join forces for the new “Spider-Man” franchise, with MCU appearances planned.

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Kevin Feige of Marvel Studios and Amy Pascal of Sony Pictures are set to produce the next installment in the Spider-Man Franchise.

After a mass of leaks, rumors and wide-spread speculation, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios have announced an official deal to not only bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but to also have Marvel Studios’ president produce on the next standalone film.

According to the official press release by the two film giants, the all new Web Slinger is set to first appear in a Marvel Film as part of the MCU. At this point nothing has been announced as to which film he will first appear in, but there is heavy speculation that it will in fact be Captain America: Civil War due to the character’s heavy involvement in the storyline that first appeared in print.

Following his debut in the MCU, Sony is then going to release the next installment of the franchise with Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige heading the production roles. Pascal, who just stepped down from her co-chairmen role at Sony Pictures, was initially part of the team that launched the Sam Raimi directed Spider-Man. In addition to the next installment of the franchise, Andrew Garfield will more than likely not be returning to play the titular character and will be recast with a yet to be determined actor.

Although Sony will maintain final creative control, ownership, financing and distribution of the 4 billion dollar franchise, the two forces will amalgamate for a new direction for the it in hopes of having a better showing than the lackluster sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Together, Marvel and Sony will also explore ideas and opportunities to incorporate future and established characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films.

With a planned release date of July 28, 2017 for the next Spider-Man film, a date that was already occupied by Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel Studios has had to do some rescheduling of their own to ensure that the blockbuster titles would not compete directly with each other. With that, Thor: Ragnarok has now been pushed back to Nov. 3, 2017, while Black Panther and Captain Marvel will now debut on July 6, 2018 and Nov. 2, 2018, respectively. The last of the release changes will come with Inhumans being shifted back to July 12, 2019. As we report today, the rest of the tentative release dates are going remain the same, but changes may occur in the coming days.

Is Sony going to be able to find their swing now with Marvel Studios in the web? Who would you like to see take over as the new Web Slinger? Make yourself heard by tweeting @YouNerded or commenting down below.

Via: Comic Book Resources / Variety
Source: Marvel (2)

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