Earlier, Marvel announced that Spider-Man is officially coming into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The studio joined Sony Pictures Entertainment to reveal that Spidey will appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (most likely Captain America, Civil War) and then we expect the next Spider-Man solo film on July 28th, 2017.
Marvel and Sony will collaborate on what’s being called “new creative direction” for the franchise; which likely means the end of Andrew Garfield’s version. Sony will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.
The announcement added that Marvel and Sony Pictures are exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films.
Disney Chairman & CEO Bob Iger said in the announcement, “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.”
SPE chairman & CEO Michael Lynton added, “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.”