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So, sure, Marvel just announced close to a bajillion new movies yesterday (in traditionally awesome, RDJ-filled fashion).

And, yeah, sure, we've now got more Marvel superheroes heading our way than ever before.

But, y'know what? There're a few loose ends still to tie up - and a couple of major rumors that were very much not dealt with during the announcement extravaganza.

Like, for instance, whether or not Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing Doctor Strange. Or whether or not The Russo Brothers will be helming Avengers: Infinity War. Or, more than anything else, whether - as has been long-rumored - Spider-Man will be crossing over to the MCU.

"Hi, gang..."
"Hi, gang..."

What Marvel IS Saying

Well, when pressed on the subject after yesterday's event, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige was...decidedly cagey, revealing that:

“Anything that wasn't specifically and obviously revealed today is either not true at all, or still rumor until it’s worked out.”

Which...means we're still waiting on anything even close to confirmation.

It also, though, opens up the possibility that at least one of those rumors is true - which, especially in the case of contractual negotiations with the Russo Brothers or Benedict Cumberbatch, would make a lot of sense. After all, you can't announce anything that major without dotting all the 'i's and crossing all the 't's. So, while Feige's statement suggests that there is, at least, some hope.

What About Spider-Man, Though?

"Nobody puts Spidey in the corner..."
"Nobody puts Spidey in the corner..."

Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is, sadly, a slightly more distant prospect - his movie rights are, of course, exclusively held by Sony, so even if he were to pay a visit to the MCU, it'd take one heck of a set of contractual negotiations to get him there. It would also, presumably, be a big enough deal to get its own press conference - presumably one co-(or exclusively) hosted by Sony.

So, do we have to assume that the Spidey joining the Avengers rumor is actually one of those 'not true at all' ones that Feige mentioned?

"Now Hulk sad AND angry."
"Now Hulk sad AND angry."

Well, maybe.

But there's always hope.

Hope, Springing Eternal

For instance, in the form of this tweet from Spider-Man (and Silver Surfer) comic-book writer, Dan Slott:

Which he posted just a few short hours before the big Marvel announcement.

And that freak out? At time of writing, it still hasn't been revealed.

Now it could, of course, be absolutely anything...And there's nothing to say that it'll have anything to do with the MCU whatsoever...

But it could also, just maybe, mean that Sony have a piece of big, Spider-Man movie related news to share - one that they wouldn't let Marvel announce alone...

"Ladies and Gentlemen..."
"Ladies and Gentlemen..."

Or, then again, maybe not...

But we can still dream, right? Of, say, [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409), featuring a certain Wallcrawling hero...


What do you guys think? Will we ever see Spidey join the MCU?



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