‘Spider-Man’ Joins Marvel Film Universe

In a deal sure to make waves among superhero film fanatics, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have agreed to a deal to fold Spider-Man into the Marvel movie universe. Marvel fans have long awaited for one of the most iconic superheroes in comic books to join with the overall Marvel universe, but complications between studio rights had previously prevented such a union. Sony Pictures owns the rights to Spider-Man, and will keep them under the new deal, while Disney owns the Marvel Studios powerhouse that created The Avengers. Variety is reporting that the new film will recast Peter Parker after previous incarnations featured Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield played the first two incarnations. Marvel President Kevin Feig and Sony’s Amy Pascal will produce. “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,” said Disney CEO and Chairman Bob Iger in a statement. With the new deal, Spider-Man will likely appear in some form in Marvel’s already-stated film plans, with the upcoming Captain America: Civil War being a likely spot as it is still in production and slated for release next year. To make room for Peter Parker on July 28, 2017, Marvel has also shuffled the release dates of several of its films. Thor: Ragnarok will move to Nov. 3, 2017. Black Panther moves up to July 6, 2017. Inhumans moves to 2019, and Captain Marvel moves to Nov. 2018. Spider-Man marks the first of two major collaborations on fans’ wishlists with X-Men being the other, which is still under control of 20th Century Fox. For now, Feig is focusing on their newest acquisition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “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.”

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