Spider-Man is Coming Home!

2/10/2015 Stephen Colbert 0 Comments


In a surprise turn of events, Marvel has just announced that the Spider-Man rights are coming to Marvel Studios.  Sort of.

It's been pleaded for by fans for years, and rumored by many for months, but Marvel Studios is officially releasing a Spider-Man movie.  The details over the rights are still not crystal clear, as Sony is still involved, but Spider-Man is joining the MCU, which is all that matters.

According to Marvel's press release, Spider-Man will appear in an "upcoming" MCU installment, then get his own stand-alone release on July 28th, 2017.  These movies will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal.  No mention is made of Avi Arrad.

No specifics are mentioned about what the first Spider-Man appearance will be, or who will play him, but the press release does say "Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017."  The $4 billion number is indicative of both  the Andrew Garfield and the Peter Parker Spider-Men, but there is no specific reference to any ongoing continuity.  The odds are, Peter Parker will be recast and Spider-Man will be rebooted (my thoughts on that here).

As for the first Spider-Man appearance in the MCU, it seems strange that the release merely says "New Spider-Man Will Appear First in an Upcoming Marvel Film Within Marvel’s Cinematic Universe."  When Chadwick Boseman was announced as Black Panther, it was specifically stated that he would appear first in Captain America: Civil War.  The assumption is that Spider-Man will also first appear there, but I have a hunch Marvel will do some backflips to get him into Avengers: Age of Ultron.  It's a very Marvel thing to do.  At the very least as a post credits scene.

I would also like to see them pull out the stops and get him in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and some of the Netflix properties so they have minimal set-up to do down the road, just hit the ground running, but we shall see.

Spider-Man's July 2017 slot is pushing everything on Marvel's slate back by one slot, except for Avengers 3 and 4, which will be leapfrogged by Black Panther and Inhumans, respectively.

This could be a major universe shuffling, and I'm sure more details will come out soon, but until then, we can all smile, knowing that Spider-Man will be on-screen alongside other Avengers multiple times in the next couple of years.

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