Spider-Man is Officially Joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Last year’s Sony email hack revealed not only that Marvel Entertainment and Sony were discussing letting Spider-Man play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also that those talks had allegedly broken down before they could reach an agreement. However, Marvel has just confirmed that they will indeed be producing the next installment of the Spider-Man franchise, out in 2017. But we’ll be seeing Spidey even before that!

This “new Spider-Man” will appear in an MCU film—most likely Captain America: Civil War, out May 6, 2016. That reintroduction will lead into Sony’s next Spider-Man installment, which will be co-produced by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and Sony’s Amy Pascal, to be released on July 28, 2017.

Matching the plan outlined in the hacked emails, Sony will continue to have creative and financial control over Spidey, but now they’re working with Marvel to integrate the universes. Feige expressed his excitement in the press release:

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.

Of course Spider-Man has to appear in the Civil War adaptation—and we’re assuming that it’s still Peter Parker who will be taking sides in the superhero registration debate, or a similar theme the movie will address. However, TheWrap claims that The Amazing Spider-Man’s Andrew Garfield is being recast. Some have suggested that to avoid awkward recasting, Sony and Marvel should replace Peter Parker with Miles Morales.

TheWrap also reports that fitting a Spider-Man movie into Marvel’s Phase 3 will push back several movies’ release dates:

  • Thor: Ragnarok will move from the July 28 slot to November 3, 2017
  • Black Panther, which originally had November 3, will now come out on July 6, 2018
  • Captain Marvel moves from July 6 to November 2, 2018
  • Inhumans moves from November 2 to July 12, 2019

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