Fans have clamored for years for Spider-Man to return to the Marvel fold, especially after The Amazing Spider-Man series began to crash and burn for Sony by its second entry. And now, your wishes have come true.
A new Spider-Man is debuting, and it’ll be in a Marvel Studios picture per The Hollywood Reporter.
I’ll let that settle in for a second.
The terms of the deal are that a new, rebooted Spider-Man (that won’t be Andrew Garfield) will debut in an unnamed Marvel Studios picture, believed to be Captain America: Civil War. In turn, Marvel head-honcho Kevin Feige will team up with Sony’s Amy Pascal to produce a new Spider-Man film for Sony and provide a new direction for everyone’s favorite web-slinger. This new film will debut on July 28, 2017.
Here’s Feige on the new deal:
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.
Tellingly, long-time Spider-Man producer Avi Arad‘s name is nowhere to be seen.
Also, due to the new Spider-Man film date taking the slot that Thor: Ragnarok was slotted in for, Marvel’s Phase 3 line-up shifts a bit with the new schedule as follows:
Thor: Ragnarok – Nov 3, 2017
Black Panther – July 6, 2018
Captain Marvel – Nov 2, 2018
Inhumans – July 12, 2019
It’s time to get those fantasy casting lists for Spidey together, Marvel Studios just got its biggest name back.
The luminous Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy was the best thing about the recent pair of films — and she’s gone — so, GOOD NEWS! But please — not another origin story, not another origin story, not another origin story (keep repeating) ….
Some think the new movie Spider-Man will be Miles Morales from the Ultimate universe. Marvel has been mum about whether Peter Parker will be in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.
Maybe! I’m hoping for Miles myself, just for the sake of diversity and storytelling variety, but THR has a few new details that just creeped up:
– Sony has final approval over casting, and they’re looking for a younger actor that’s “much younger” than Andrew Garfield
– No actual money exchanged hands between Sony and Marvel in this deal, but Sony retains 60% of ticket sales, while Marvel holds onto all merchandising rights.
I have no problem with Peter Parker retiring and settling down with a revived MJ Watson (or even the Gwen Stacy clone) and letting Morales be Spider-Man all the time. Peter could come back for occasional guest shots, like the Golden Age versions of the DC heroes did in the ’60s.
I hope Marvel is getting the message that heroes no longer have to be white or male to connect with a mass audience.
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