IT’S OFFICIAL! Spider-Man has returned to Marvel in a deal with Sony Studios

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Today is the day that will live in infamy in the minds of Marvel fans everywhere. After Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman, Amy Pascal, stepped down from her position, rumors ran rampant about Sony Pictures Entertainment finally striking a deal with Marvel Studios that’ll bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Well today is the day that Spider-Man fans have been dreaming about: Spider-Man is coming home. Under the deal between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel Studios film and Sony will then release the next installment on July 28th, 2017 that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and former Sony head, Amy Pascal. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own, and have final complete creative control of the Spider-Man films.

As of right now, Marvel and Sony are both exploring the different opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films.

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In a statement, Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of 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.”

“I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie,” said 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.”

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It’s amazing that all this stemmed from the Sony leak that resulted with Amy Pascal stepping down as the co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment. But when Pascal stepped down from her position last week, Pascal launched a major new production venture at Sony Pictures Entertainment and she’ll transition to this new venture in May.

It’s unclear which film Spider-Man will appear in first, but it’s expected that he’ll appear in Captain America: Civil War. As it was speculated during the Sony leak, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Andrew Garfield is NOT expected to return as Peter Parker. With Garfield out, it looks like the search is on for his replacement. It was reported before that Logan Lerman would be the favorite should Marvel/Sony ever strike a deal. Deadline has confirmed that long-time Spider-Man producers, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, will be returning as executive producers.

But does it really matter at this point? Finally the jokes of Spider-Man not playing with the Avengers will now cease to exist. Welcome home, Spider-Man.

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