Sony and Disney Strike Deal To Bring Spider-Man To Marvel Cinimatic Universe

[Update: Marvel has issued an official press release on the announcement confirming the talks: 

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.”

Original article follows.]

The Hollywood Reporter just broke massive news that Sony and Disney have finally inked a partnership deal to bring Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinimatic Universe. The reason Spidey has never been in any Marvel films is because Sony owned rights to the films, the new deal bridges the gap and allows him to at least appear in certain films.

According to the report, Sony is allowing Spider-Man to appear in Marvel films, but will retain rights to stand alone films along with distribution and all that good stuff! Sony also has creative control over the character, meaning they have the final say in what he does and how he does it. The deal also notes that it bridges to Sony’s own rights as well, meaning that Spidey will appear in the Marvel Universe and then follow up with a stand alone Spider-Man film! (We assume that trend will continue for the near future!)

The first film Spidey is rumored to appear in is Captain America : Civil War as he plays a vital part in the storyline in the comics, but there is no confirmation. Sony will then follow up that film with a stand alone Spider-Man movie in July of 2017. Kevin Feige will join Amy Pascal and will be producers of the new stand alone film, and Ari Arad and Matt Tolmach will become executive producers. 

Rumor has it that there may even be some bridges that lead Marvel characters into Spider-Man stand alone films as well!

Now, the bad news is that Andrew Garfield is no longer Spider-Man, for me that is a bit of a downer. The deal states that a new actor will fill in the role as the entire franchise takes a “new creative direction.” Hopefully, that doesn’t mean yet another reboot….

“This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans,” said SPE’s chairman and CEO Michael Lynton.

Obviously, the deal has been rumored for some time now. Yet, if you read my article a short while back you will see this is EXACTLY what I asked for them to do, and I honestly can’t believe it is coming to life! The partnership is absolutely amazing, and the only downfall is that Andrew Garfield is not returning. He played a great Spider-Man, but I say let the “who will play Spidey next” articles commense! This is exciting news!

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