Well, that was a fun 24 hours there. There were reports yesterday that got fans excited about the possibility of Spider-Man coming home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as of 2018, and an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War Part 1, but rumors of Your Friendly Neighborhood Wall-Crawler joining Earth’s Mightiest Heroes seems to have been somewhat exaggerated. According to Sony, anyway. In the back and forth of will-they or won’t-they, a Latino Review column made it sound like a solid “they-will” after a firm “they-won’t” back in December. There’s been a lot of talk about the idea of getting Spider-Man in a Marvel movie since the disappointing critical and audience reaction to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and while the movie gods answer all prayers, at this moment the answer, it seems, is “no.”
To recap, Latino Review posted yesterday that it was a done deal between Marvel Studios (a subsidiary of Walt Disney Pictures) and Sony Pictures to allow Spider-Man to appear in Infinity War Part 1, which hits movie screens in May 2018. There was a lot of hope that a deal could be struck to get Spidey into the all important Captain America: Civil War, but with time running out before that film had to go into production, Marvel/Sony said last month that the deal was a no-go. Following yesterday’s supposedly big news though, Sony is saying that new reports on the matter have jumped the gun.
While talking to Comic Book Resources, an unnamed Sony representative said that yesterday’s report was an “old rumor” with “no validity whatsoever.” Ouch. Pretty definitive there. What they didn’t say was that there are no negotiations, or that negotiations have ceased, or that there’s a snowball’s chance in hell of Spider-Man appearing in an Avengers movie. And that’s encouraging. The Sony hacks proved that negotiations are ongoing, so it’s safe to say that there are probably still talks between Sony and Marvel in terms of a split-custody deal for Spider-Man. A denial from an anonymous source is probably not all that surprising since any official announcement will only (if ever) come once the studios work out all the business details.
Yesterday’s spoiler-filled report from Latino Review, usually a pretty reliable source for these things, was a fascinating potential look inside Marvel’s intentions with its next several films. On the Sony side of things, the point likely being stuck is the implications for their future plans for Spider-Man movies. It’s in their best interest to get the hero into a hype magnet like the Marvel series of movies, but what happens in the next three years between now and Infinity War Part 1? What happens after? Can they still do Sinister Six? Or Venom? Or Black Cat? Questions of that nature will have to be unravelled before anything official can be announced, and trust me, that’s going to be no mere press release if and when a deal is struck. Perhaps this year’s San Diego Comic Con is a likely platform to announce Spidey’s arrival in the MCU. Time will tell.
We’ll keep you posted with all the latest.
Source: Comic Book.com