Let’s face facts here, guys. Spider-Man had a rough 2014. Headlining a Sony Pictures-backed reboot series that underwhelmed at the box office and drew a line of demarcation through the fan community didn’t really do him any favors movie wise, and the crippling hacking that Sony suffered at the hands of North Korea didn’t help, either. Well, the inevitable has finally happened: Spider-Man is going back to Marvel Studios.
Sony Pictures Entertainment, which has owned the distribution rights on Spider-Man movies since 1999, has entered a partnership with Marvel Studios for everyone’s favorite web slinger to appear in a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. That movie is most likely going to be Captain America: Civil War, based on the titular comic storyline which Spider-Man plays a huge part in.
Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, has let loose that after Spidey’s first appearance, he will be appearing in his own film set for release on July 28, 2017. Feige and producer Amy Pascal will be co-producing this new feature and will “collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger.” “Marvel’s involvement will hopefully deliver the creative continuity and authenticity that fans demand from the MCU,” Feige explained. “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.”
The ball isn’t completely in Marvel’s court, though. Sony still retains final creative control and distribution rights for future Spider-Man movies, but Marvel’s heavy involvement is a beacon of light in Spider-Man’s recently glib cinematic future. I’ve made my disdain of the recent Spider-Man reboot known for quite some time, and I’m beyond excited that the new Civil War movie will actually have one of its main players present.