It has been rumored for months and now it’s official – Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios have announced that they are teaming up to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Under the deal, a new Spider-Man will first appear in a currently unspecified Marvel Studios film (most likely “Captain America: Civil War”). Sony Pictures will then release the next instalment of the standalone franchise on July 28th 2017 with both Marvel’s Kevin Feige and exiting Sony head Amy Pascal onboard as producers.
The film will take a new creative direction for the character, but Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the films. Marvel and Sony will also explore opportunities to integrate characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (eg. Thor, Captain America, etc.) into future Spider-Man films.
Disney CEO Bob Iger says: “Spider-Man 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.”
Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton says: “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.”
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige adds: “I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie. 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.”
Source: Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures