— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) February 10, 2015
Sony Pictures Entertainment has just finalized a deal with The Walt Disney Company that will bring Spider-Man “home” to Marvel, namely, into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Spider-Man, which is SPE’s most successful franchise, first came to the big screen in 2002 in the eponymous film directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, and James Franco of course. This was followed by sequels in 2004 and 2007, and then a reboot (The Amazing Spider-Man) starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in 2012 and 2014. Together, the franchises have grossed over $3.7 billion.
Looks like Spidey was catching some dolla dolla billz in those webs of his!
As laid out by the deal, Marvel will first release a film featuring the teen superhero, who first appeared in comic book form in 1962. After this, Sony will continue it’s Spider-Man franchise with a film on July 28, 2017 (that’s only 900 days, folks!) This film will be co-produced by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and recently dethroned Sony exec Amy Pascal. Afterwards, Spider-Man’s fate will be totally in the hands of Sony. Said Feige,
“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 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.”
So what does this mean for us? Mashups. In fact, major superhero mashups à la Avengers. We’re currently living in the Golden Age of superhero movies, and with a deal like this between two major Hollywood studios, it seems that we won’t be seeing the end of them any time soon.
Spider-Man has been a Marvel figurehead since his debut over 50 years ago, but Sony already owned his film rights (vis a vis Columbia Pictures) when Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009. According to Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company,
“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.”
Just remember your own words, Marvel: with great power comes great responsibility.
“The real superheroes are the lawyers who battled courageously to let Spiderman play with the Avengers.” – Lawyers — Andrew Miller (@MillerLoLife) February 10, 2015
Eat, Pray, Spiderman #PutSpiderManInEveryMovie
— Jim (@jimmytwiz) February 10, 2015
Our spidey senses are tingling already! See what this new deal means for the superhero movie industry!