Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are finally teaming up to bring audiences the next incarnation of Spider-Man. Kevin Feige, the mastermind behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Sony’s Amy Pascal will produce the next few films under the provisions of a deal between the two studios. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will now be exec producers after originally producing the first two Amazing Spider-Man films
There’s been much speculation and hoping that Spidey would make an appearance in Captain America: Civil War, and now that can become a reality under this new deal. According to Deadline, the deal dictates that Spider-Man will first appear in a film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and then the character will appear in the next scheduled stand alone film for Sony Pictures, which is scheduled for release on July 28th of 2017.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said “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.”
Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO, Michael Lynton stated, “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.”
Spider-Man has traditionally been one of Marvel Comics’ marquis characters and a fan favorite. This new deal is an incredible opportunity for both studios to give fans the movie version of Spider-Man they’ve been waiting for – one that exists in stand alone movies as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.