Today, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about this deal, and how it will affect you, the movie-goer.
The Business Aspect
“Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios announced today that Sony is bringing Marvel into the amazing world of Spider-Man.
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.
Marvel and Sony Pictures are also exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films.”
Firstly, let’s just say that the spin that Sony bought Marvel on board is presumably just to save face on Sony’s part. It’s common knowledge at this point that Sony’s last few films, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, have been complete bombs. Marvel, on the other hand, are 10 for 10 knockouts with Avengers: Age of Ultron undoubtedly set up as their 11th. Sony were subject to a hacking scandal late last year as well, which then forced Sony’s hand to open up negations around letting Spidey play in the MCU. Today, that deal now exists. But the safe assumption is that Sony’s lousy box office performance for 2014 was a major factor in getting Spidey back.
That, in a way, is incredibly clever on Marvel’s part.
They got Spider-Man into their universe, all of his other movies now happening in their universe, for presumably little to no money. They then don’t have to pay anything to make the Spider-Man movies, but can call on him and his friends to appear at will. They don’t have to market the movies, although they most certainly will. They don’t have to pay to distribute it through Disney, because Sony will do it. Not a single penny of Marvel money will be taken from other projects like The Avengers or solo movies like Thor and Black Panther to fund Spider-Man movies, unless he crosses over (In which case, the crossover movies have ridiculous budgets, so I don’t see it being a feasible problem because these films basically print money). When it comes down to it, there are really only two problems with this deal: They will have to pay to distribute the films in MCU collected box sets or for TV syndication, and if Sony wants to do something stupid with the character, they can’t immediately put their foot down. However, Kevin Fiege (Praise be unto him) will always be there to show them the light.
It is seemingly a win-win situation.
The New Spider-Man
So, here we have a third recast of Spider-Man in ten years (Tobey McGuire, Andrew Garfield and the unannounced newcomer), which is kind of incredible to think about. Until you realise there was actually four people who played Batman in the space of ten years between 1989 and 1999 (Michael Keaton, Kevin Conroy, Vil Kilmer and George Clooney), and nobody was complaining then. So yeah, this isn’t uncommon, people.
More importantly, the press release states that it is still Peter Parker in the shoes for the rebirth of Spidey, and not any other version like Miles Morales. It’s not to say it won’t ever happen, but for now, it seems unlikely. Marvel Studios tend not to stray from the comic origins too much unless it benefits the narrative (Again, forget the Mandarin ever happened), so it’s unlikely that we will see any cross-racial casting like the new Fantastic Four’s Johnny Storm. Sorry, Donald Glover!
On July 28th 2017, Marvel and Sony’s Spider-Man, the Sony financed and Marvel co-produced Spider-Man standalone movie, will be released. It will be the sixteenth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and at the very least, the second appearance of the new Peter Parker. Now that the slate has been wiped clean again, it’s unclear who else will appear, but time will tell.
The Effect on the MCU
- Avengers: Age of Ultron: April 30(UK)/May 1(US), 2015
- Ant-Man: July 17, 2015
- Captain America: Civil War: May 6, 2016
- Doctor Strange: November 4, 2016
- Guardians of the Galaxy 2: May 5, 2017
- Marvel and Sony's Spider-Man: July 28th, 2017
- Thor: Ragnarok: November 3rd, 2017
- Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1: May 4, 2018
- Black Panther: July 6th, 2018
- Captain Marvel: November 2nd, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2: May 3, 2019
- Inhumans: July 12, 2019
- Marvel and Sony’s Spider-Man has taken Thor: Raganrok’s old date.
- Thor: Ragnarok has taken Black Panther’s old date.
- Black Panther has taken Captain Marvel’s old date.
- Captain Marvel has taken Inhumans’s old date.
- Inhumans has been rescheduled for July 12 2019.
This ripple effect has bumped Black Panther into a position where it will be two years after his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War before his solo movie, and The Inhumans will not even register on the outcome of the Infinity War against Thanos. Instead, presumably the Inhumans movie will be used to set up Phase 4 of the MCU, where the stakes will be raised even higher. Guess who else is a major villain of The Inhumans?
Conjecture on the Future
- Green Gobln
- Scarlet Spider
- Doctor Octopus
- Black Cat
- Kraven The Hunter
- The Lizard
- Morbius The Living Vampire
And of course, we can make the impossible possible once more…
JK Simmons returning as J. Jonah Jameson!
- A business arms race between Stark Industries and OsCorp, with competition from Wilson Fisk
- Flash Thompson suits up as Agent Venom and joins the Guardians of the Galaxy
- Norman Osborne forms the Dark Avengers
- Jessica Jones, Black Cat, Spider-Woman, Mockingbird, Black Widow and Captain Marvel become the A-Force
- The New Avengers are formed with Spider-Man, Luke Cage and Mockingbird in the line-up
- Phil Coulson becomes Spider-Man’s SHEILD tutor
- Jessica Drew, the future Spider-Woman, is interrogated by the new SHIELD over her links to HYDRA
- Daredevil is joined by Spider-Man in Hell’s Kitchen
- Blade goes toe-to-toe with Morbius The Living Vampire