Magazine article Screen International

Spider-Man to Join Marvel Cinematic Universe

Magazine article Screen International

Spider-Man to Join Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Sony Pictures have struck a deal with Walt Disney-owned Marvel Studios that will see new Spider-Man first appear in an upcoming Marvel film.

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios announced today that Sony is bringing Marvel into the web-slinging world of Spider-Man.

It follows Sony's Amazing Spider-Man 2, which under-performed at the box office last year. Despite taking $709m at the global box office, it was the lowest-grossing of Sony's five Spider-Man films to date.

Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel's Cinematic Universe (MCU), meaning the character could now appear in superhero films such as Iron Man and Thor.

There is already speculation Spider-Man's first outing will be in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, as the character appears in the comic book version of the story.

Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next instalment in the $4bn Spider-Man franchise on July 28, 2017.

The film will be co-produced by Marvel's Kevin Feige and and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago.

It was announced last week that Pascal is to leave her co-chairman position at Sony to launch a new production venture at the studio. The move came after her emails were made public as part of a hacking scandal at the studio.

Those emails also showed that Marvel was pushing for Spider-Man to appear in the next Captain America movie while Sony Pictures president Doug Belgrad wanted a Marvel-produced Spider-Man movie in which Sony retained "creative control, marketing and distribution".

Those talks reportedly stalled in December but the new announcement falls in line with those criteria.

Feige and Pascal will collaborate on a new creative direction for the superhero. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.

Marvel boss Feige has overseen 10 consecutive blockbusters including Avengers Assemble and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Cross-over opportunities

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

The new relationship follows a decade of speculation among fans about whether Spider-Man - who has always been an integral part of the larger Marvel Universe in the comic books - could become part of the Marvel Universe on the big screen. …

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