Sony Pictures has reached an agreement with Disney’s Marvel Studios to bring a new version of Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As part of the latest revamp of the Spider-Man franchise, the web-slinger will first appear in a Marvel title.
While the companies are not releasing details, speculation suggests that the title will be Captain America: Civil War, owing to the character’s major presence in the comic book’s storyline.
Sony Pictures – who will retain creative control over the character – will then release a new Spider-Man movie on July 28th, 2017.
Marvel’s Kevin Feige will join Amy Pascal as a producer on the new movie. Together, the pair 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.
However, the partnership between Marvel and Sony will continue to explore opportunities to integrate characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in to future Spider-Man films.
“Spider-Man is one of Marvel’s great character, beloved around the world,” said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company.
“We are thrilled to work with Sony Pictures to bring the iconic web slinger in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which opens up fantastic new opportunities for storytelling and franchise building.”
Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, added: “We always wanted to collaborate with the best and most successful filmmakers to grow our franchise and develop our characters.
“Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy, who helped orchestrate this deal, are the perfect tem to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man. This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel and for the fans.”
The Spider-Man pact ripple is already taking effect on the Marvel slate, with four titles now pushed back to new release dates.
Thor: Ragnorok has been moved from its July 28th, 2017 release date to November 3rd, of the same year. Black Panther will now open on July 6th, 2018 moving from November 3rd, 2017.
Captain Marvel has shifted from July 6th, 2018 to November 2nd, 2018 and Inhumans is slotted for July 12th, 2019, from its original November 2nd, 2018 date.
Meanwhile, Sony will no longer release its Spider-Man villain movie, The Sinister Six in November next year, as previously planned.
Instead, according to inside reports, the studio will rethink its approach to the film, which remains in development.