Now, wasn’t that not so hard? Doesn’t this feel so much better?
SONY and Marvel/Disney announced Monday night that the future of Spider-Man on the big screen will be shared between the two studio giants. This is sure to be welcome news after years of licensing tension and recent months of crossover rumors.
The next installment in the main Spider-Man movie franchise will be released by SONY and co-produced by SONY’s Amy Pascal and Marvel’s Kevin Feige and scheduled for release in July 2017. Although we can look forward to Spider-Man appearing in an unspecified Marvel film reported to be hitting theaters sooner.
And of course, that means that the already established staples of the MCU will get the chance to interact with Spider-Man, like Thor, Ironman, Captain America, and who knows who else!
Feige is obviously excited about the deal; “Amy (Pascal) has been deeply involved in the realization on film of one of the world’s most beloved characters. Marvel’s involvement will hopefully deliver the creative continuity and authenticity that fans demand from the MCU,”
The two major studio heads are also optimistic about the prospects this partnership will facilitate. “This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans,” said Sony Chairman Michael Lynton.
“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,” Walt Disney Studios Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in a statement.
Marvel is already making room in its meticulous theatrical schedule for the new Spider-Man movie. Some of the changes include Thor Raganarok switching from July 28, 2017 to Nov. 3, 2017, Black Panther switching from Nov. 3, 2017 to July 6, 2018 and Captain Marvel moved from July 6, 2018 to November 2, 2018. The release dates for Avengers Infinity War parts 1 and 2 have not been changed from May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019, respectively.
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