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Spidey 2

For quite some time now, there have been rumblings that everyone’s favorite web-slinger may be sharing screen time with The Avengers.  Rumors of Spidey’s involvement with the Marvel Cinematic Universe go back to at least a decade, and likely further among those in Hollywood.  This chatter has become increasingly louder and finally became a roar when Captain America: Civil War was announced as part of Marvel’s Phase 3 plans.  Tonight, we can officially confirm that Spider-Man is joining the MCU.

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Now that you have caught your breath, let’s get down to brass tacks.  How will Spider-Man fit into the MCU?  According to the press release:

Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.

 Bob Iger, Walt Disney’s Big Mouse on Campus, i.e., CEO and Chairman, seems more than happy to usher in a new member to the Marvel/Disney team.

 Spider-Man is one of Marvel’s great characters, beloved around the world. We’re thrilled to work with Sony Pictures to bring the iconic web-slinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which opens up fantastic new opportunities for storytelling and franchise building.

Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, seems to be equally excited about the possibilities that this new partnership opens up.

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.

Considering Pascal is one of the people most damaged by the fallout of the Sony hack, a big move was needed to put her back into Hollywood’s good graces.  Well, Amy, I can’t speak for Angelina, but if you played a big hand in this, I forgive you.

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The Marvel movie that will kick off this new collaboration will likely be Captain America:Civil War.  As many fans know, Spider-Man plays a rather big part of the Civil War storyline in the comic books, and imagining the movie without him is damn near heartbreaking. We should keep in mind, however, that it is VERY unlikely that audiences will be treated (subjected?) to another Peter Parker story, even if it is playing a part in Civil War.  The safe bet would be that the next time Spider-Man slings his web on screen, it’ll be Miles Morales in that spandex costume. How Marvel plans to make that switch is anyone’s guess but considering Spider-Man’s fading box office power, there is no doubt that drastic measures need to be taken in order to ensure that his future adventures have a place in the MCU. 

At this point, Disney should basically just set up direct deposit accounts so that I can dump money into their money bin on a weekly basis.  Seriously, I promise you that Bob Iger pretty much does this every single night before he goes to bed.

Then again, considering just how much awesomeness has been acquired by Disney over past few years, they deserve every penny.

Are you excited for this new development?  How do you think Spidey will first show up in the MCU?

Category: Film, Nerd Culture, TV

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