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Sony Pictures Entertainment initiates Spider-Man into Marvel world

MUMBAI: Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios have inked a deal, whereby Sony will bring the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) into the amazing world of Spider-Man. The MCU already comprises superheroes like Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America.

As per the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from MCU.

The Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Bob Iger 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.”

Reports state that the timing of the deal means Spider-Man will likely make his first Marvel movie appearance in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ in May next year.

Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next instalment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on 28 July 2017. The film will be co-produced by Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Sony’s Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own, and have final creative control over the Spider-Man films.

Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton added, “We always want to collaborate with the best and most successful film-makers 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. This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans.”

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 part of the larger Marvel Universe in the comic books, could become part of the Marvel Universe on the big screen.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said, “I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie. Amy has been deeply involved in the realisation 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.”

In fact, Marvel has reshuffled its entire release schedule in the wake of the news, fitting the untitled new Spider-Man film where the next Thor film had originally been scheduled.

Spider-Man has over 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 superheroes in the MCU.

Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group president Doug Belgrad stated, “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.”

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.