Some believed it would never happen, others thought it was just a matter of time.
Marvel and Sony Pictures have officially signed a deal to bring the world a new Spider-Man, one that is to be included in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
Sony and Marvel made the joint announcement today, revealing that a new Spider-Man will be appearing in a Marvel film. Sony will then release a solo Spidey film on July 28, 2017.
The new solo Spider-Man film will see Marvel Studio President Kevin Feige co-producing alongside Amy Pascal, the now ex-co-Chairperson of Sony Pictures Entertainment who oversaw the studio’s growth with Spidey 13 years ago.
“Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger,” reads the official press release.
“I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie,” Feige said in a statement.
“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.”
There’s no question that it’s going to be great to see the web slinger take his rightful place alongside some of our favourite on-screen Marvel heroes, but Andrew Garfield fans may be in for a major disappointment. Apart from the fact the announcement made no mention of Garfield, a Garfield-less Spidey is matching up with those whispers spreading in December last year.
Of course, Spider-Man’s new solo pic has affected Marvel’s phase three release plans. Disney has unveiled the following U.S. release date changes:
- Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017 (from July 28, 2017).
- Black Panther – July 6, 2018 (from November 3, 2017).
- Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018 (from July 6, 2018).
- Inhumans – July 12, 2019 (from November 2, 2018.)
The announcement, whilst certainly exciting, brings up quite a few questions. What planned Marvel film will see an appearance by Spider-Man? What Marvel characters will appear in Spidey’s film? What’s going to happen with all those Spider-Man spin–offs? And, who will replace Garfield if he isn’t brought back?