The internet was in chaos after the announcement of Marvel that Spiderman will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony and Marvel had finally struck a deal after months of speculation.
According to Marvel.com:
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. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.
I have this theory that the deal was already made a few months back and Sony and Marvel are just delaying the announcement while waiting for Captain America 3's cinematic rival, DC's [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) show its cards. And they did. For several weeks now, Warner Brothers is giving us bits and pieces about the movie and which characters are in.
As the characters and some information about 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' slowly being introduced, Marvel and Sony dropped a bomb that can potentially shake the foundation of the DC/Warner Brothers movie.
With the inclusion of Marvel's most iconic character, Spiderman, to the MCU, this will make the already massive 'Civil War' story line even more gargantuan. With more characters coming in (presumably from Marvel / Netflix collaboration), Marvel may have a hard time putting this into a two and a half movie. Just like 'Avengers: Infinity War', 'Captain America 3: Civil War' can potentially become a 2-hour movie and may overshadow DC's 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' in the process.
So, if 'Civil War' becomes a 2-hour movie, when would be potentially the best time to screen the second part considering that May 6, 2016 will be the screening for the movie and November 4, 2016 for '[Doctor Strange](movie:559685)'? I would imagine that with only two Marvel movies for 2016, they may be able to squeeze it in by August 2016.
Splitting a movie adaptation into two or three is not new in the movie industry. They have done that with 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn', 'The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay', 'The Hobbit' and with Marvel's own 'Infinity Wars'. So this theory of mine may not be far off.
What do you think guys?
By the way, this is my first post. The ideas above are some of my theories. Just like you, I'm a big fan of Marvel and DC. Please be gentle :-)
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