It is true, yes. This is no rumor! SPIDER-MAN will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a unique agreement between Sony and Marvel Studios. The official press release is below for you to read, but I’d like to point out some details.
First and foremost, you should not, “Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.” As my friend Mike put it, its like Spider-Man having divorced parents and joint custody, but its not necessarily a bad thing. Great kids come from these kinds of homes! It’ll be interesting to see how this works after the first solo Spidey film is released.
Spider-Man is releasing in 2017, which actually rearranges the planned Phase 3 movie release line up, which we’ll cover in our next post. This is probably the most bittersweet part of the deal, as it affects my most anticipated property, The Inhumans, but also means we don’t wait till 2019 for our first good Spider-Man film since the Raimi sequel.
Lastly, the announced Sinister Six film is still in development. It may not release next November like we expected, but perhaps may become the first film to star the webslinger in the Marvel Universe. Drew Goddard, the man in charge of Sinister Six, already has a working relationship with Marvel from DAREDEVIL. This is speculation, but a good lead.
Judging from my social media blowing up and phone messages when I woke up, Sony made a great move and millions of people are happy. Are you one of those people?
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios announced today that Sony is bringing Marvel into the amazing world of Spider-Man.
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 new relationship follows a decade of speculation among fans about whether Spider-Man – who has always been an integral and important part of the larger Marvel Universe in the comic books – could become part of the Marvel Universe on the big screen. Spider-Man has more than 50 years of history in Marvel’s world, and with this deal, fans will be able to experience Spider-Man taking his rightful place among other Super Heroes in the MCU.
Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company said: “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.”
“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,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. “This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans.”
“Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios share a love for the characters in the Spider-Man universe and have a long, successful history of working together. This new level of collaboration is the perfect way to take Peter Parker’s story into the future,” added Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.
“I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “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.”
Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.