I was in a Google hangout with a good friend of mine today. I learned to never use Google hangout on a weekday ever again. A few days ago, I found this Spider-Man Twitter account. Obviously it made no impact on me because I’m a huge skeptic. Now I believe in the Holy Spirit again.
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.
That’s right, folks. Spider-Man isn’t officially going back to Marvel, but he is going to be incorporated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here’s what Disney CEO, Bob Iger had to say:
“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.”
So yes, I can’t really function properly since this is all I ever wanted in my entire life. It’s quite possible that no moment will be as satisfying as this. The birth of my future children will make me happy, sure. But this? This is a seminal moment in a franchise’s history that is made of seminal moments.
“We always want to collaborate with the best and most successful filmmakers to grow our franchises and develop our characters. Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy, who helped orchestrate this deal, are the perfect team to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. “This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans.”
You can read the rest of the official report on Marvel.com. I’m going to go have a drink. We did it. Spidey’s coming home. Beers on me!
UPDATE: Here is what the new Phase 3 Lineup of Marvel Movies looks like:
May 6, 2016: Captain America: Civil War
November 4, 2016: Doctor Strange
May 5, 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy 2
July 28, 2017: Amazing Spider-Man 3
November 4, 2017: Thor: Ragnarok
July 6, 2018: Black Panther
November 2, 2018: Captain Marvel
July 12, 2019: Inhumans
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) February 10, 2015