The speculation was running rampant before Marvel Studios‘ big info bomb earlier today that one of the details to be revealed concerned the movie rights to one of Marvel Comics‘ biggest characters. On the one hand, Marvel is proving that they can make an event out of anything, even little heard of titles like Guardians of the Galaxy, or Black Panther, or The Inhumans, but on the other hand the studio bigwigs and Disney shareholders would probably love to get a piece back of some of those marquee characters. Spider-Man has been association with Marvel since the web-slinger’s inception in 1962, but the movie rights remain buttoned up with Sony where they are, for all intents and purposes, trying to make a silk purse from a sow’s ear (not that Spider-Man is a sow’s ear). But might that be changing…
As you may or may not be aware, their have been rumors that Sony and Disney had come to some sort of agreement to share the rights for Spider-Man, allowing him to appear in solo adventures for Sony and in the team environment of the Avengers. With Marvel confirming so many rumors today, fans thought that said agreement might be one of them, after all, both studios reached an agreement to swap skyscrapers in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Avengers, Oscorp Tower for Stark Tower. Of course, the agreement came too late for visual effects deadlines, but it’s a good sign that there’s more of a working relationship between the two than, say, Disney and Fox.
With no announcement, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige was asked outright about Spider-Man appearing in the greater Marvel Movie Universe. “Anything that wasn’t specifically and obviously revealed today is either not true at all, or still rumor until it’s worked out,” said Feige.
Well, that’s not a no. I understand Feige’s hesitancy, and he even said today that a lot of the stuff announced today wasn’t ready for San Diego Comic Con just a few months ago because the details weren’t set; the T’s weren’t crossed and the I’s weren’t dotted. So it allows for the possibility that Sony and Marvel still have a deal in the works, and even in the midst of all the other stuff announced today, there’s still chance enough for it to all fall apart. It’s also worth noting that casting for Doctor Strange wasn’t announced today despite fairly solid reports just yesterday that Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch was “this close” to signing up for the role.
So we can’t rule out Spidey joining the Avengers yet. And with the coming of the Infinity War in Avengers 3 (in two parts!), the super-team could probably use the help. Stay tuned, because this is not the last you’ll hear of this.
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