Amid months of speculation and questions, the deal is finally done: Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios will work together on Spider-Man.
Longtime fans of the Marvel comics have always known that Spider-Man is part of the greater Marvel superhero universe. They will finally see what was once two worldâ€™s bridged into a shared universe on the big screen.
Under the new deal, moviegoers will have their long-awaited wish: Spider-Man is set to appear in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film followed by another installment of Sony Picturesâ€™ $4 billion Spider-Man franchise on July 28, 2017. The next Spider-Man film will be co-produced by Marvel mega producer Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel. They will work alongside Amy Pascal, who oversaw the Spider-Man franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together they will collaborate on a new creative direction for everyoneâ€™s favorite web slinger
Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films. Spider-Man is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.
Whatâ€™s even more promising is that this deal opens the doors for more opportunities. Both Marvel and Sony will explore opportunities for Marvel Cinematic Universe characters to appear in future Spider-Man films. Spider-Man has more than 50 years of history in Marvel’s world, and with this deal, fans will be able to experience Spider-Man taking his rightful place among other Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company said: “Spider-Man is one of Marvel’s great characters, 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.”