I’ve been trying to approach this topic from a completely nonbiased, uninvested standpoint—but unfortunately that isn’t going to happen. For 13 years this moment has played out in my head, and I didn’t quite know what to make of it once it came through the pipeline. However, I think I know exactly what to call this feeling I have, relief. It’s been far too long since the release of the first spider-man movie and at that time I was excited, really really excited; kind of like a teenage girl at a Justin Beiber concert. And now Spidey is back with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). But enough with my personal gushing, lets get straight to brass tacks with the facts!
We have two powerhouses that have come together, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios—if you remember in an episode of Total Nerd we made mention of a deal that was in the works. This is what we know so far:
- Spider-Man will appear in an upcoming MCU Film first
- Kevin Feige with Marvel team and Amy Pascal produced installment
- July 28th 2017
Not to mention the July 28th release date will be pushing back a few of the Marvel Studio films in PHASE 3. Thor will be pushed back to November 3rd, 2017, which pushes Black Panther back to July 6th,2018 and Captain America to November 2nd, 2018. Inhumans will be placed after everything else which raises speculation about the changes in the tide for the MCU overall. We also have to consider how Spider-Man being included in this Universe will change the interactions between characters.
Both companies have talked about integrating this new Spider-Man with other characters from the MCU. Considering the huge involvement of the character in comics I wouldn’t doubt that. There is a spider shape hole in the Avengers team, and if all signs point the right way hopefully we will see the web-slinger in Captain America: Civil War. The downside of course is Andrew Garfield getting released from the role to make room for his successor. With the change there are big boots to fill, as I personally feel that he is still perfect for the role. However with the winds of change what sort of Spider-Man will they bring?
As it stands Sony will finance, distribute, own and have the final creative control when it comes to the Spider-Man films as they still retain the movie rights. In the grand scheme we have to take the little victories as Fans where we can get them, and this is a big move.