Rumours have been floating for months about the potential of a certain web-swinger joining the likes of the AVENGERS and the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and finally confirmation has come that SPIDER-MAN will indeed be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
He's all set to make his debut alongside Chris Evans' Steve Rogers and Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark in 2016's CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, a storyline that Peter Parker was intrinsic to in the comics. This will be followed by the next Spider-Man solo film, produced by Sony as were the two AMAZING SPIDER-MAN outings we've seen so far, but now officially part of the MCU and overseen by Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige, as well as former Sony Pictures head Amy Pascal.
In an official announcement, Feige stated: “I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie. 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.”
With Spidey now a big part of Marvel's release schedule, that calendar of release dates we all got so excited about back in October is getting a bit of a shuffle. The other heroes in the universe having to accept delays on their own films are THOR, whose RAGNAROK has been moved from July to November 2017, BLACK PANTHER, which we'll now see in July 2018 rather than October 2017, CAPTAIN MARVEL, moved from July 2018 to November 2018, and the INHUMANS, now scheduled for July 2019, not October 2018.
What this means for Sony's other planned Spider-films is as yet unclear, but anyone still optimistic about that SINISTER SIX film - well, maybe lower your expectations. It's also unclear whether Andrew Garfield will return to the role or whether we'll be seeing a fresh young face put on the iconic mask. But whatever happens, surely it can't be another Spider-Man origin story, right?
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