In news that should thrill every comic book fan across the world, Spider-Man is at last coming home to Marvel.
A deal was just agreed upon between Marvel (and parent company Disney) and Sony Pictures that allows the web-slinger to stay at the studio that has been putting out Spider-Man movies for 13 years (Sony), but he will also be appearing in Marvel Cinematic Universe films over at the Mouse House.
As such, Marvel is shifting its movie calendar to accommodate the newest (old) member of the family who could first make an appearance, we think, in Captain America: Civil War (as he is in the comics).
The new deal specifies that Spider-Man will next be seen in a Marvel movie (which one they did not say, but we guessed above). Then, Sony will release a Spider-Man solo movie on July 28, 2017, a movie that will be produced by both Marvel head Kevin Feige and recently stepped down Sony head Amy Pascal.
They will collectively work towards a completely new direction for the Peter Parker alter ego that has us thinking that Andrew Garfield is out of a superhero job as of right now.
Sony will still “own” the property, finance the Spider-Man films and have “control” over the direction of the character. But clearly the folks at Disney and Marvel are thrilled that the hero has returned to the cinematic universe which he is supposed to be a part of.
“Spider-Man is one of Marvel’s great characters, beloved around the world,” said Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company.
“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.”
Feige now has some serious work to do. This news comes after he recently addressed the press (including Movie Fanatic) and revealed Marvel’s plans through 2019.
“I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie,” said 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.”
So, how has this altered the Marvel schedule?
Thor: Ragnarok is set to be released four months after its initial planned date. It has moved from July 28, 2017 (where the next solo Spidey movie now sits) and now will be released on November 3, 2017. Black Panther, which was supposed to arrive on Thor 3’s new release date, will be held until July 6, 2018.
That now sends Captain Marvel to November 2, 2018 and now sees Inhumans arriving on July 12, 2019. Avengers: Infinity War will keep its previously announced release dates for Part 1 and Part 2.
Sony is also quite pleased with how things worked out and as we’ve repeatedly said over the years, there is enough money to go around for all the studios to work together (are you listening, Fox, with your X-Men and Fantastic Four?) and make the fans happy.
Seriously, folks, this is a win-win for everyone.
“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. This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment.