Late last night, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment made it official. Spider-Man will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe proper. The two companies issued a joint statement about the future of the wall crawler which you can find right here.
There are some interesting quotes to pull from and tons of phrases and statements to pull apart and scrutinize like this one:
“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.”
There had been plenty of rumors about the supposed crossover between the two brands for years now but nothing more than fantasy until the Sony hacks/Leaks from last year. There we saw that there were indeed talks of a possible deal between the two companies. However talks stalled and the idea seemed dead in the water. That was until the general public (and even Sony Higher Ups) became aware, and the two were rumored to be talking. What held things up last time seemed to be the terms of the deal. Marvel-Disney wanted creative control and Sony didn’t want to cede control. What’s interesting is that according to the quote above, Sony will finance, distribute own and have final creative control over the product. Which doesn’t sound at all like what Marvel-Disney wanted. Could Sony have held a big victory? Or are these just words in a press release? We may never know but the fact that both Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige are co-producing means that on paper this could be an even split of influence. Amy Pascal has had a TON of influence with the Spider-Man films but if they are going to be playing in Marvel’s Sandbox well, one would have to assume Kevin Feige’s word will be law.
“Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios share a love for the characters in the Spider-Man universe and have a long, successful history of working together. This new level of collaboration is the perfect way to take Peter Parker’s story into the future,” added Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.
Two things from this article strike out to me. One. There is no mention of Andrew Garfield or anyone connected to the Amazing Spider-Man films. Two. They specifically mention Peter Parker which means probably no Miles Morales for you hopefuls out there. They could be playing coy but I think it’s a safe bet to assume Parker is the De-Facto Wall Crawler for now.
“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″
So Spider-Man will be first appearing in another Marvel movie first, before striking out on his own solo film. This leads us to all sorts of fun scenarios. First off, there’s the often rumored ‘Civil War’ story line which in the comics prominently featured Spider-Man. However, the deal may not have come soon enough and word is that the script for Civil War is nailed down already which would cause a ton of headaches for the writers to try and shoehorn a Spider-Man plot line that wasn’t there in the first place. Alternatively, he could possibly show up in one of the Avengers Infinity War movies. But those movies aren’t until 2018 and 2019 respectively, so they would miss out on the 2017 date.
There’s TON to digest here and I’m sure there will be more news pouring out from this announcement. So Stay tuned!