In a surprising turn of events, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios have come to an agreement on the future of the Spider-Man franchise. The companies will joint-produce the next Spider-Man movie, putting the character back into the MCU, according to Variety and ComicBook.
The third film in the new Spider-Man franchise is now scheduled for release on July 16, 2021, and as part of the new working arrangement between the two studios, Spider-Man is back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, there is no news as of this writing to which movie he’ll appear in.
“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” Marvel Studios President Feige explained. “Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”
Sony has already commented on this news, as a really vague tweet.
— Sony (@Sony) September 27, 2019
The past month for the Sony/Marvel relationship over the rights to Spider-Man has been a rollercoaster ride to say the least. It was first reported that Sony and Marvel couldn’t come to an agreement on the movie rights–Sony currently owns the rights to the Spider-Man character. There was a lot of bizarre back-and-forth between the two studios, and it seemed like Spider-Man was out of the MCU for good, until today. Fans of Marvel’s films will surely be exceptionally excited about this news.
As for Sony, they’re still working on Marvel movies that take place outside of the MCU. A Spider-Verse sequel is still happening, there’s a Venom sequel on the way, a Morbius movie starring Jared Leto is coming, and most recently, a Madame Web movie is in the works.
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