Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have signed on in a deal to team up in bringing New York’s friendly neighbor into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s right! Spidey’s coming back to Marvel. Read on for more details on this story.
Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have announced that they will be teaming up for the future direction of Spiderman pics. Both studios announced the news in a press release late Monday night (as featured by Variety) that they will bring in an all-new Spiderman movie, which will first appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before breaking off onto its own Sony-produced new franchise by July 28, 2017.
Under the deal, the new Spiderman 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 Spiderman franchise in July 28, 2017.
The said pic will be co-produced by Sony’s former co-chief Amy Pascal and Marvel Studios’ producer and president, Kevin Feige. Pascal remains attached to this new franchise despite having left Sony.
Moreover, the press release also takes note that while Feige and Marvel remain involved in the said Spiderman pic, “Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spiderman films.”
What this means is that, while Marvel remains attached on the project, Sony will have definitive control on the movie, its release dates, individual characters and story ideas. The catch for Marvel on this deal is that they will be able to produce pics starring the web head without even raising a single capital.
“Spiderman 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,” says Disney’s Chairman and CEO Bob Iger.
The deal between Sony and Marvel had been long speculated upon and rumored, especially after the Sony e-mail leaks, with rumors going as far as casting Spidey a role in “Captain America: Civil War” or in “Avengers: Infinity War.” If either case does come true, one thing is certain: Spiderman won’t be played by Garfield anymore. Earlier, Marvel has supposedly expressed interest in returning Spiderman to an earlier status quo as they possibly could. In this case, that means putting the character back in high school, hitting the reset button on his romances and living at home with Aunt May.
“Marvel’s involvement will hopefully deliver the creative continuity and authenticity that fans demand from the MCU,” Feigi notes.
Moreover, following the surprise announcement, Marvel has blurted out changes on the release dates of four of its phase-three films. Said films involved are “Thor: Ragnarok” which is now set for November 3, 2017; “Black Panther” for July 6, 2018; “Captain Marvel” for November 2, 2018; and “Inhumans” for July 12, 2019.
“Avengers: Infinity War Part 1” and “Avengers: Infinity War Part 2” May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019 releases remain unchanged.
And that’s it for our latest scoop on Marvel and Sony teaming up for future Spiderman films. For more updates on upcoming movies and events, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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