Late Monday evening and all day Tuesday the Internet was caught up in a web most thought might not happen. Sony and Marvel came to an agreement on how to share everyone’s favorite wall crawling, web slinging super hero.
The deal reached late Monday night will see Sony renting out it’s only real hold in the super-hero movie genera to Marvel. The deal will allow Marvel to begin incorporating Spider-Man into its cinematic universe while Sony will continue to release new solo movies of Spider-Man as it has in the past.
Sony will retain ownership and creative control of the character and has final approval over casting. Marvel and Sony are looking for a much younger actor to take over the roll of Spider-Man, meaning Andrew Garfield will not be returning to the roll. I liked Garfield in the roll of Spider-Man; it was the scripts themselves that were the problem of the previous two films.
The up side of Marvel now being involved with Spider-Man will be Kevin Feige, Marvel’s President who’s been so instrumental in the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be able to put Spider-Man on the road to a more sustainable future which should help Sony as well.
Who ever they cast as the new Spider-Man will make his first official appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some are speculating it will most likely be Captain America: Civil War, but nothing official has been confirmed as of yet. We also don’t know exactly how many Marvel Cinematic Universe movies Marvel will be allowed to use Spider-Man in.
If I had to make a guess you will see Spider-Man appear in the next Captain America movie Civil War, which I’m sure they wrote two versions of, one with and one with out Spider-Man. After Civil War I would suspect it would be Avengers: Infinity War Part I in 2018 and Avengers: Infinity War Part II in 2019.
Now I could be wrong, but the three movies I just mentioned make sense considering Marvel’s phase three line-up. Captain America: Civil War begins filming later this spring with a release date in 2016. The next solo Spider-Man movie being released by Sony is due to hit theaters on July 28, 2017, co-produced by Feige and Pascal.
This way who ever signs on to play Spider-Man will know up front exactly what their in for, for years to come, three appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and most likely three movies on the Sony side. Both Marvel and Sony get what they want and need and it’s a win, win for both sides.
Sony may still own the majority rights to Spider-Man when it comes to the big screen, but Marvel also want’s to see Spider-Man succeed and not just in comic form.