MARVEL, SONY Join forces, intergrates SPIDER-MAN into the MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE

Marvel Entertainment pretty much shocked the internet tonight when they dropped a bombshell announcement.

Marvel and Sony Pictures have reached an agreement to integrate Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe proper.

The new Spidey’s first appearance will be in an upcoming Marvel Studios film, but it has not been announced which (My money is on Captain America 3: Civil War).

Following that, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have a deal in place to co-produce a Spider-Man film, which will hit theaters on July 28, 2017 (A date originally taken by third Thor film, Ragnarok). Spider-Man will be recast and rebooted (sans an origin retelling).

The film will be produced by a partnership of Amy Pascal (recent ex-head of Sony Pictures) and Kevin Feige, who has been the mastermind behind the Marvel Cinematic universe. While the new film will be co-produced with the Marvel Studios crew, Sony Pictures will take care of distribution, marketing and will actually own the film.

With this new development, and the new Spider-Man film taking a spot originally used by another film, Marvel has restructured their release schedule through 2019. They are as follows:

  • Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017
  • Black Panther – July 6, 2018
  • Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018
  • Inhumans – July 12, 2019

All other previously announced Marvel Studio release dates remain unchanged.

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