Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios have struck a deal many thought was impossible. Sony, who controls the film and tv rights to Spider-Man, will partner with Marvel to allow the famous webslinging superhero to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s right. The one already inhabited by Robert Downey, Jr’s Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and scores of other superheroes who have leapt from the pages of Marvel’s comic books to the big screen.
With the new deal, Spider-Man will appear in a yet-to-be-named Marvel film as part of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Sony Pictures will then release its $4 billion Spider-Man on July 28, 2017. Rumors were floating around that Sony might sell Spidey back to Marvel and Disney, but it doesn’t appear like that will happen.
Amy Pascal, who just left the big offices at Sony, will join Kevin Feige as producers on this project. Feige has had his hand in countless superhero bits such as The Avengers, Iron Man and the recent phenomenon, Guardians of the Galaxy.
There has been ongoing speculation of Spidey making an appearance in the next installment of Captain America: Civil War. But until now, much of that talk could be chalked up to the hopes and dreams of fans, who know that Spidey is at the center of a Civil War storyline in the comics. It looks like that’s an actual possibility now.
And, frankly, it’s a pretty sweet move. Spidey needs to show some resurgence because he – and Sony – have lost some steam with the previous two films. On the other hand, Feige has commanded Marvel, creating and bringing the Cinematic Universe to new heights by mingling heroes and building epic franchises. Paul Rudd as Ant-Man is the next hero to make the leap.
The most recent Spider-Man movie from Sony, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, grossed more than $700 million, but left most with no desire to see a sequel. Andrew Garfield has worn the blue and red spandex while the beautiful Emma Stone plays alongside as Gwen Stacy. The film was directed by Marc Webb, who couldn’t have a more fitting surname.
Deadline talked with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. “I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie,” he said. “Amy has been deeply involved in the realization on the film of one of the world’s most beloved characters.”
Impressively, Peter Parker’s masked vigilante has taken in more than $4 billion worldwide. Spider-Man is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, so there’s no way they would give it up. Hopefully, this deal brings Sony’s Spider-Man franchise back to life, while providing fans with something they’ve long desired.