In the end, following months of speculation, the news was broken on Marvel.com with a simple, and telling, headline:
“Sony Pictures Entertainment Brings Marvel Studios Into The Amazing World Of Spider-Man”
What it all amounts to is this: Under the terms of the Sony Marvel deal, Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel Studios movie, which most media outlets agree is likely to be Captain America: Civil War.
Sony Pictures will then release the next Spider-Man movie on July 28, 2017, to be co-produced by Amy Pascal and – DUN DUN DUN – Kevin Feige.
But Marvel is decidedly the junior partner in this: Sony will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.
Marvel and Sony are also “exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films.” Ooooooh.
SO WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN FOR THE MCU?
Let’s break it down for you: Here’e three things you need to know about the Sony-Marvel deal.
1) A crossover at last
It was always rather strange to see one Marvel movie after another with nary an appearance or even mention of the company’s most well-known and marketable character.
And the more money the Spider-Man movies made – a total of US$4 billion so far – the less likely they were to even contemplate selling the movie rights back to Marvel.
But the current deal is the result of years of negotiation, which we know thanks to the Sony Hack. As it stands, if such a deal is possible, what are the odd that the mutant characters or even the Fantastic Four – both owned by Fox – may eventually come to the MCU too?
2) Four Marvel movies delayed/brought forward
The Sony-Marvel collaboration has already had a pretty big ripple effect on Phase III of the MCU, with four slated movies having their release dates shifted:
- Thor: Ragnarok has been moved to Nov. 3, 2017, from its July 28, 2017 date.
- Black Panther has been moved to July 6, 2018, from Nov. 3, 2017
- Inhumans has been moved to July 12, 2019, from Nov. 2, 2018
- Captain Marvel has been moved to Nov. 2, 2018 from July 6, 2018
But in the big scheme of things, it’s all good: As far as we know, the quartet of movies, and Phase III is going full steam ahead. if that’s the price to be paid for bringing Spidey into the fold, then it’s more than worth it.
3) No more Andrew Garfield?
The Wrap is reporting that Andrew Garfield will not be taking another spin in the red and black spandex.
This appears to be confirmation of yet another Sony Hack story that we reported back in December. Despite the popularity and shared chemistry of golden couple Garfield and Emma Stone, Sony was already contemplating life without Garfield.
This probably had much to do with the disappointing box office of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. And with Emma Stone’s character killed off, the way is clear for (yet another) reboot of the movie franchise.
Personally, I do like Garfield a lot, and hope Marvel and Sony stick with him. After all, with the next Spidey movie just three years away, it’s going to be very hard for audiences to love another Peter Parker.
Do you think the Sony Marvel deal is a good thing? How excites are you to see Spidey in a Marvel movie? Tell us!