The announcement is less than a day old. The deal was announced here. With it, the rumors begin to swirl with the announcement that Spider-Man has in fact returned and will join Marvel's Cinematic Universe.
Well, Marvel's announcement last night remained cagey about just when Spidey would enter the MCU, but it might just have revealed a whole lot more than it was intending to.
The reason? This breakdown of the deal:
"Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel's Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago."
This could mean any number of things for the wall-crawler though, but does it mean that Marvel already has an idea of who they want to cast for Peter Parker? If the rumors are true and Spider-Man is going to play a major role in the movie Captain America: Civil War; which, by the way, starts filming in April 2015 then does that mean Marvel has the actor cast already? As of right now this is just my speculation, but it could be true.
Now, as things stand, only Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (and this year's Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, both of which will surely be too soon) fall before that release date.
What could this mean for the character in the movie? A cameo at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron could see the start of the Stark / Parker relationship and carry over into Captain America 3. What about casting the actor and keeping a secret until the movie premieres? Let's go one step further with this theory though, what if he's cast and they don't tell you who he is, until he unmasks on television for the nation to see? Would that be something of a shock? The WOW factor for that would be unlike anything you have ever seen before.
Another note (drawing from the fact that he hasn't existed in the MCU until now) is that we could see a different version of Spider-Man. How likely would it be that Miles Morales could be the Spider-Man that we see in the Civil War? These are all real questions that we, the fans, want to know the answers to. The rumors continue to swirl.