Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Spidey is Home; Marvel Studios Announces Deal with Sony

Late last night, Marvel Studios announced a deal that would allow Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

After months of negotiations and rumors, Spider-Man is finally home. Marvel Studios has come to an agreement with Sony that will bring Spider-Man home to star in films alongside heroes such as Iron Man and Captain America.

According to Marvel.com, Spider-Man will first appear in an as yet unannounced Marvel Studios film at some point over the next two years (strongly rumored to be Captain America: Civil War) before Marvel Studios Kevin Feige will team with Sony's Amy Pascal to produce an all-new Spider-Man film to be released July 28, 2017, a date originally held down by Thor: Ragnarok. With that move, Marvel has shuffled around the release dates for their Phase 3 films and the new schedule is as follows:

May 6, 2016: Captain America: Civil War
November 4, 2016: Doctor Strange
May 5, 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy 2
July 28, 2017: Spider-Man
November 3, 2017: Thor: Ragnarok
May 4, 2018: Avengers: Infinity War Part 1
July 6, 2018: Black Panther
November 2, 2018: Captain Marvel
May 3, 2019: Avengers: Infinity War Part 2
July 12, 2019: Inhumans

Reports from around the web have Andrew Garfield on his way out as Spider-Man after two films. It's also believed that Sony's Sinister Six project still be produced in time and could include characters from Marvel's Cinematic Universe.

You can read the official release below:
Marvel's Kevin Feige to Produce Next Installment of the Spider-Man Franchise with Amy Pascal

(Culver City, California, and Burbank, California February 09, 2015) – 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. 
The new relationship follows a decade of speculation among fans about whether Spider-Man – who has always been an integral and important part of the larger Marvel Universe in the comic books – could become part of the Marvel Universe on the big screen. 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 MCU. 
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."
"Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios share a love for the characters in the Spider-Man universe and have a long, successful history of working together. This new level of collaboration is the perfect way to take Peter Parker's story into the future," added Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. 
"I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie," said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. "Amy has been deeply involved in the realization on film of one of the world’s most beloved characters. Marvel's involvement will hopefully deliver the creative continuity and authenticity that fans demand from the MCU. I am equally excited for the opportunity to have Spider-Man appear in the MCU, something which both we at Marvel, and fans alike, have been looking forward to for years." 
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.

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com/
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.
I'll have much more on this later today, but for now, enjoy the news Spidey-fans!