Guys, it’s happening. It’s finally freaking happening. After five films that didn’t fly high with comic book-loving fans, Spider-Man is going to get the Marvel treatment. And we’re totally freaking out. After all, what good is having all of the Avengers together if you can’t throw Spider-Man into the mix?
Marvel acquiring the rights to use the web-slinging superhero means more than just another Spider-Man movie: it also means that Spider-Man will finally, finally appear alongside the likes of Iron Man, Hulk and Captain America. Maybe sooner than we think.
Oh, your Spidey senses are tingling now, aren’t they?
When Marvel confirmed on Monday that it had struck a deal with Sony (who released the previous Spidey films and held hard onto exclusive rights for years), it also dropped the bomb that Spider-Man would pop up in an upcoming Marvel film. Next year’s Captain America: Civil War immediately came to mind. Not only does the production of that film allow for the studio to write in a Spider-Man appearance, but it makes sense within the comic book world, too.
The new deal also means there could be salvation for the Spider-Man character following last year’s box office flop. With Marvel and Sony working on the now-confirmed 2017 movie together, it’s like having The Avengers solving all of our problems behind-the-scenes, too.
It also means we could be getting a new face to play the infamous Peter Parker, as made famous again to an entire new generation of movie-goers by Tobey Maguire in the 2002 film franchise, and most recently by Andrew Garfield. As part of Monday’s announcement, Sony and Marvel will collaborate on a “new direction” for the character.
Well, you know what they say. With great power comes great responsibility. Here’s hoping they won’t muck it up. In the meantime, here’s the altered list of Marvel-ous film release dates, which have been slightly skewed thanks to yesterday’s announcement:
November 2017: Thor: Ragnarok
July 2018: Black Panther
November 2018: Captain Marvel
July 2019: Inhumans
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