The deal we've been hearing about for months thanks to the Sony hack has actually come to pass. Deadline is reporting that Marvel Studios and Sony have worked out a deal that will open up the doors between the Spider-Man Universe and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The deal will start with Spider-Man appearing next in a Marvel movie… best guess on that would be Captain America: Civil War as Spider-Man plays a huge role in the comic story. From there Marvel Studio head honcho Kevin Feige and former Sony head Amy Pascal will both produce the next stand alone Spider-Man movie along with Avi Arid and Matt Tolmach as executive producers.
The Spider-Man films are the most successful in the history of Sony, but after the most recent film Amazing Spider-Man 2 was considered a failure, Sony needed to make sure there next step was right. Though Marvel and Sony will work together on the creative direction of the franchise, Sony will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative say on the Spider-Man films.The next Spider-Man film will be released July 28th, 2017.
This opens up the possibility to a lot of exciting cross-overs in the future.
As unlikely as this news may sound, Deadline is reporting that Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios will be joining Sony to guide the next Spider-Man movie into existence, but Feige will serve as Producer working with Amy Pascal in that role.
This deal doesn't come without some strange compromises, and the terms seem to be that Marvel first gets to bring Spider-Man into one of their own movies, after which Sony will release their next Spider-Man film in 2017.
This, of course, opens up many unusual avenues for cross-pollination between these Studios in the use of Marvel characters hitherto barred. Fasten your seatbelt for more developments, no doubt.