Since the Sony Hack, rumblings of Spider-man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) have been making the needles on the geeky Richtor scale wiggle with anticipation. Despite the vague denials by both houses no one could shake the spider-sense that this was real and that it was only a matter of time before Sony, owner of the Spider-Man movie rights, and Marvel Entertainment, owner of Spider-man, would come together to make the fans happy.
Today is that day, true believer.
Late yesterday Marvel announced via their website, that they have come together with Sony Pictures to bring the Amazing Spider-man to the MCU in an existing film and follow up with a new solo film July 28th, 2017. Under the guidance of Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, who’s been involved with Spider-man’s cinematic adventures since the beginning 13 years ago, the two will collaborate on Spider-man appearances and a new Spidey Flick.
Does this mean that Peter Parker could make his grand entrance in Captain America 3: Civil War? He did play a LARGE role in the story and it’d be hard to fill his webbed shoes with anyone else, especially the limited number of characters currently existing in the MCU to date. Realistically if it’s not Civil War than what else would make sense? Although Spidey is an Avenger he’s not regularly palling around with Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, or anyone else from the establish movie universe. It would seem clear that our first look at Spider-man’s inclusion will be on May 6th, 2016.
As for anyone asking which Spider-man we’ll be getting, it would appear that Sony’s latest iteration of the Amazing Spider-man will be the one swinging on screen with Cap, Bucky, and friends. Currently that may include Andrew Garfield as the man under the mask, but rumors have floated around of him leaving the project for reasons that seem to change as often as Green Goblins do. Currently The Wrap is saying he won’t be involved.
News this big has also made a major change on the upcoming MCU moving nearly every Marvel movie down a step to make room for Spider-man, beginning with Thor 3.
- Thor 3: Ragnarok – Has been moved from July 28th, 2017 to November 3rd, 2017
- Black Panther – Has been moved from November 3rd, 2017 to July 6th, 2018
- Captain Marvel – Has been moved from July 6th, 2018 to November 2nd, 2018
- Inhumans – Has been moved from November 2nd, 2018 to July 12th, 2019
Doctor Strange and the Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 & 2 are still on track for their originally slated release dates.
Fans everywhere are rejoicing over the news of Peter finally being included in the MCU, if for nothing else than for the type of quality that Marvel Studios has put into their current roster, be into the Spider-Man franchise. This announcement also breaks ground for what could be the path for bringing Fox’s X-Men and Fantastic Four properties into the fold.
Let us know what you think and what theories you may have for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the comment section below!