One of the most interesting tidbits to come out of the Sony Hacks was the fact that Sony really had no idea what to do with Spider-Man, one of the studio’s most profitable franchises. After the failure of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and an even more muddled attempt to build their own mega-universe, Sony knew things had to change.
And surprise, surprise. In an absolutely unheard of partnership, Sony has agreed to team up with Marvel for an entirely new reboot for the web-slinger, with the idea of including him in Marvel’s continued Avengers universe. Marvel master, Kevin Feige, will serve as executive producer on the new films while Sony will still maintain all creative control over the character.
Said Feige: “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.”
“This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans,” said SPE’s chairman and CEO Michael Lynton.
It’s hard to argue that this is a bad deal for Sony, as they will continue to make millions of a character that will now exist in a billion dollar universe, but it also reeks a bit of desperation. Sony has one of the most popular superheroes of all time with Spider-Man, only to be rivaled by Batman and Superman, and seeing this partnership means Sony has thrown in the towel on the character, who many believe to be rich with stories, villains, and heroes.
The new Spider-Man movie has a release date, July 28, 2017, as Marvel has shifted their schedule to make room:
Thor: Ragnarok has been moved to Nov. 3, 2017 from its July 28, 2017 date. Black Panther will now open July 6, 2018, moving from Nov. 3, 2017. Captain Marvel moved to Nov. 2, 2018 from July 6, 2018, while Inhumans is slotted for July 12, 2019, from its original Nov. 2, 2018 date.
In the comics, Spidey plays a vital role in Marvel’s Civil War series, so seeing Spider-Man pop up in Captain America: Civil War, which hits theaters in May, 2016, will more than likely be a certainty.