Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios announced today that Sony is bringing Marvel into the amazing world of Spider-Man.
Under the deal, the deal the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel's Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony will theafter release the next installment of it's $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. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.
Marvel and Sony are also exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spidey films.
The new relationship follows a decade of speculation among fans about weather Spider-Man could become part of the Marvel Universe on the big screen.
Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company said:
"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."
"We always want to collaborate with the best and most successful filmmakers to grow our franchises and develop our characters. Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy, who helped orchestrate this deal, are the perfect team to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man,"
Said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
"This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans."
Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.
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