If you missed the big news about Sony and Marvel coming together over the much coveted rights over the Spider-Man franchise, don’t sweat it; everyone argues they were weird going about announcing it close to midnight Eastern Time. Just that alone is huge news, but wait, there’s more and I’ve got you covered.
So the deal is Sony and Marvel have agreed to share the character, splitting him over Marvel and Sony movies as well as sharing Kevin Feige, the lead architect of the MU, to produce films with Amy Pascal, former executive at Sony.
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 real news is what happened after Marvel dropped the news, the rescheduling of certain Marvel movies.
Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” will hit theaters November 3, 2017. The following year, Marvel’s “Black Panther” will make its way to theaters on July 6, 2018, and Marvel’s “Captain Marvel” on November 2, 2018. Finally, Marvel’s “Inhumans” will now debut in theaters July 12, 2019.
The previously announced dates for Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War Part 1” and “Avengers: Infinity War Part 2” on May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019, respectively, remain unchanged.
But wait! There’s still more! The Wrap and Wall Street Journal confirm that Andrew Garfield will not be returning as Spider-Man. Needless to say, any fan of the webhead has been speculating as to who will play the character or even which Spider-Man will be used for the upcoming Marvel films. Miles Morales anybody?