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Marvel & Sony unite for Spider-Man

The big hitters combine to bring Spider-Man back into the Marvel fold.

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It’s the news fans have been waiting for! Sony have agreed a deal with Marvel to place Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The deal will see our favourite web-head make his way (most likely) into Captain America: Civil War before a brand new Spider-Man movie heads to cinemas in 2017. It appears that Andrew Garfield will not reprise his role, meaning Hollywood is now abuzz with casting rumours.

The Garfield-era of Spider-Man divided audiences and his two movies pulled in less than Sam Raimi’s critically-panned Spider-Man 3. It’s a shame to see Garfield go as he gave Spidey a nice edge but now Marvel and Sony are marching forward with a new vision for the most recognisable Marvel hero of all time.

The official statement reads;

(Culver City, California, and Burbank, California February 09, 2015) – Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios announced today that Sony is bringing Marvel into the amazing world of Spider-Man.

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.

Marvel and Sony Pictures are also exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films.

Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company says: “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.”

Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment says “”We always want to collaborate with the best and most successful filmmakers to grow our franchises and develop our characters. Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy, who helped orchestrate this deal, are the perfect team to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man. This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans.”

“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.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige says “I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie. Amy 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. I am equally excited for the opportunity to have Spider-Man appear in the MCU, something which both we at Marvel, and fans alike, have been looking forward to for years.”

What do you think of the news? Are you pleased that Spider-man will be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Who do you think should play him? Leave your comments in the usual place.

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