The rumors regarding Marvel Studios and Sony Picture Entertainment’s planned deal to share good ol’ Spidey within their respective movie universes have come to fruition. The big news that Spider-Man fans have been waiting for just hit the “web” in a big way – Marvel Comic’s favorite web-slinger will now be featured in Marvel Studios’ future films. Here’s every important fact regarding this monumental news and why it’s integral to the planned movie launches of both Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
1. Sony Has Agreed to Allow Spider-Man to Appear in Future Marvel Studios Films
Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment officially announced to the world that Sony will now be bringing Spider-Man into the fold of the Marvel’s upcoming cinematic phases. This new deal will allow Spider-Man to start in a currently-unspecified Marvel Studios film. Sony Pictures Entertainment will still hold the rights to Spider-Man and continue to finance, distribute, own and have the right to exercise the final decisions regarding creative control for the character.
2. Sony and Marvel Studios Will Work Together to Release a New Stand Alone Spider-Man Film for 2017
In an even more exciting bit of future movie news, Sony and Marvel Studios also announced that Sony Pictures Entertainment will release the next installment in the Spider-Man movie series. This new film is already slated for a release date of July 28, 2017. Sony will work alongside Marvel Studios’ own Kevin Feige, who will help co-produce the film, and Amy Pascal, a integral figure in the movie business who oversaw the initial launch of Marvel Studios.
3. Several Planned Dates for Upcoming Marvel Studios Films Have Been Changed
Due to the inclusion of Spider-Man into such a vast stage of the Marvel Cinematic universe, several movie release dates that were set in stone have been altered. Thor: Ragnarok will hit theaters on November 3, 2017, Black Panther will launch on July 6, 2018, Captain Marvel will debut on the big screen on November 2, 2018 and The Inhumans will get their 1st film on July 12, 2019. The 1st and second parts of Avengers: Infinity War are still set for May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019, respectively.
4. Representatives from Both Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment Spoke Highly About This New Partnership
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige had this to say about Marvel Studios huge Spider-Man deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment:
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.
Along with Feige’s glowing comments, two representatives of Sony made sure to speak on the new deal as well. Check out the 1st set of comments from the Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment Michael Lynton below. And make sure to check out the 2nd set of praise from Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group President Doug Belgrad, too:
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. 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.
5. The CEO of the Walt Disney Company Applauded The Good News as Well
The final set of comments to champion this huge news regarding Spider-Man’s box office future came from the CEO of the Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger:
Spider-Man is one of Marvel’s great characters and 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.