Spider-Man To Be Part Of Marvel Cinematic Universe

After months of rumors it is finally official; Spider-Man is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  In an unprecedented deal, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have announced that Spider-Man will first appear in an unspecified Marvel film.  Also this will be a new actor in the role, not Andrew Garfield.  Spidey will then first appear in his next solo outing on July 28, 2017.  Sony will continue to have distribution rights over future Spider-Man films, as well as total control of the Spidery franchise, Marvel Studios will be there to lend their expertise in a new creative direction for the hero.
   “Spider-Man is one of Marvel’s great characters,” says Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company, “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.”
     “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.”
     Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.
As a result of the new deal,some new release dates were announced for other films. Thor: Ragnarok is moving to November 3, 2017 (from July 28). Black Panther, gets delayed eight months, going to July 6, 2018. Captain Marvel movesto November 2, 2018 and Inhumans moves all the way to July 12, 2019. The two-part Avengers: Infinity War remains set for release May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019.