Spider-Man Finally Joins Marvel Studios Cast After Sony Deal

It's official: Spider-Man is coming to the Marvel universe on the silver screen. Marvel and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced the deal Monday.

By Daniel Shapiro | February 10, 2015

Spider-Man fans everywhere just felt their spidey senses tingling because the web-slinger is heading to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In a surprise announcement late Monday night, Marvel revealed an agreement between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment to share the Spider-Man franchise.

That means when we see the Avengers on screen in the future, Spider-Man could be the one yelling the famous line, "Avengers, assemble!" (Video via Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / "The Avengers")

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Here's what we know about the deal: The "new" Spider-Man will appear in a Marvel film. Sony will release its own Spider-Man installment — the third in its series — in July 2017. Sony's Amy Pascal and Marvel's Kevin Feige will co-produce that film.

If that deal sounds familiar to you, that's because similar details were revealed during the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack late last year.

Those leaked emails revealed Sony wanted a new actor to replace Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. (Video via Columbia Pictures / "The Amazing Spider-Man 2")

They also indicated Sony's Pascal wanted the new Spider-Man to debut in Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War."

In the comics, Spider-Man is the third central character to that story's plot — behind Captain America and Iron Man.

Still, it's unclear whether the wall-crawler will debut in that film, as "Captain America: Civil War" begins production soon.

Monday's announcement also stated, "Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films."

The new Spider-Man film’s release date — July 28, 2017 — formerly belonged to Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok.” That film, along with “Black Panther,” “Captain Marvel” and “Inhumans” are all being bumped back a slot in Marvel’s movie timeline. “Avengers: Infinity War Part 1” and “Avengers Infinity War Part 2” will remain in their original slots.

Sony's previous "Amazing Spider-Man" franchise starring Garfield was met with negative reviews and lower-than-expected box office numbers.

Despite that fact, Spidey is Marvel's most profitable super hero. He webbed in $1.3 billion in global retail sales in 2013.

Latching onto Marvel Studios' massively successful franchise means Sony hopefully gets a hit, Marvel gets its most profitable character and we get a rebranded Spider-Man movie. Looks like it could be a win for everyone.

This video includes images from Getty Images.

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