Spider-Man’s coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Not a hoax, not a dream, and not an imaginary story—a deal’s been reached between film rights-holder Sony and Marvel Studios to use Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe-set films. Which means Spidey can now appear alongside the Hulk, the Avengers, or even Rocket Raccoon.

Spidey will first appear as a cameo in an upcoming MCU film, before getting his own solo film on July 28, 2017.

The full details are in this press release:

Sony Pictures Entertainment Brings Marvel Studios Into The Amazing World Of Spider-Man | News | Marvel.com.

This is a pretty big deal for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Spider-Man. Sony’s handling of Spidey has left much to be desired. “Spider-Man 3” was lackluster, and I wasn’t a big fan of the rebooted “Amazing Spider-Man.” For me, seeing Spidey appear in the MCU will be greatly¬†appreciated.

While there’s speculation aplenty on which version of Spidey it’ll be (as of this writing, Miles Morales is trending on Twitter), I assume it’ll be Peter Parker in the MCU. Yes, it’d be interesting if, say, Miles Morales was the MCU wallcrawler, while Sony kept Peter Parker, but I’m sure Marvel/Sony both want to use the better-known Peter.

This also means Spidey’s various enemies, setting elements, etc. can appear in the MCU: the “Daily Bugle,” Dr. Octopus, J. Jonah Jameson, etc.

To accommodate Spidey, Marvel plans to move around the release dates of a few upcoming films. The new schedule for these films is as follows:

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

Cue online debate over who’ll be cast for Spidey and company, plus what the moved dates mean for the above films. “Black Panther”‘s now a summertime release (on the Fourth of July weekend no less), while “Captain Marvel” is now timed for the holidays.

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