After months and months (and months) of rumor, speculation, and people saying “Wouldn’t it be cool if this happened??”, Marvel has announced that Spider-Man will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Spidey is owned by Sony, but after the rather cold reception The Amazing Spider-Man 2 received from both fans and at the box office, Sony put all their future Spider-Man movies on hold. This announcement is just good business for Sony, because they get to have the Marvel brand on the character, and Marvel input, while still remaining some semblance of control.
Per the announcement from Marvel:
Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.
All bets seem to be that Spider-Man will show up in Captain America: Civil War first before this new Sony/Marvel co-produced film. Although there’s some speculation that the web-slinger will pop-up in Doctor Strange first, since that is also set in New York (like most Marvel movies). As a result of the July 28 2017 release date, several other Marvel films are getting their release dates shuffled around. Thor: Ragnarock is now 11/3/17 ( was originally 7/28/17); Black Panther is now 7/6/18 (was originally 11/3/17), Captain Marvel now 11/2/18 (originally 7/6/18), and Inhumans moved to 7/12/19 (originally 11/2/18).
The question now is: what version of Spider-Man are we getting next? Is it going to be Peter Parker yet again, and will Andrew Garfield be returning? Seems likely (the Peter Parker part at least since he’s mentioned in the press release; I have a feeling Garfield is out), though it would be kind of neat and different if they brought in Miles Morales (they won’t). What about Marc Webb, will he return? That seems less than likely at this point. At the very least here’s hoping that they’re not rebooting the entire story yet again, and giving us another god damn origin film.
UPDATE: The Wrap’s Linda Ge has confirmed that Andrew Garfield will NOT be returning: “CONFIRMED: Andrew Garfield is NO LONGER Spider-Man. Someone new will be cast. First appearance in MCU, then solo film.”