After years of negotiations, Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced a new deal with Marvel Studios, which will see Spider-Man join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The deal will see the web-slinger appear alongside Marvel’s current roster of superheroes such as Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and The Incredible Hulk, with the Wall Street Journal announcing the hero’s first appearance is set to be in the second sequel to Captain America, Captain America: Civil War, slated for a 29 April 2016 UK release. Civil War will already see Captain America face off against Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, in a story which was originally going to feature Spider-Man, before these initial plans fell through. Civil War is also set to feature the introduction of Black Panther into the MCU, played by Chadwick Boseman, before the lesser-known hero gets his own, self-titled solo film in 2018.
In addition to the announcement of Spider-Man’s induction into the MCU, it has been confirmed that Andrew Garfield will no longer play the character after appearing in just two films since the franchise was rebooted in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, leading to Internet speculation on who will replace him in the role.
To accommodate Spider-Man’s new solo movie, Marvel has shifted the release dates of the majority of its Phase Three films, with the new release dates for Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Inhumans and Captain Marvel being as follows:
- Thor: Ragnarok – 3 November 2017
- Black Panther – July 6 2018
- Captain Marvel – November 2018
- Inhumans – Summer 2019
Plans for the previously-announced Sinister Six Spider-Man spin-off film, which was due to premiere on 11 November 2016 are apparently still very much alive, however the film’s release has been pushed back to an unspecified date.