By now you know the long, dramatic saga that has been Peter Parker's return to the big screen — and inclusion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As Marvel Comics' most popular character, Marvel Studios has long wanted to get back the rights to the character, but those rights are held tightly in the grasp of Sony Pictures. Sony hasn't done well with the wall-crawler though, with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 garnering negative reactions across the board.
Instead, Marvel and Sony will be working together on the character in a new partnership that has Marvel guiding the birth of a new big-screen incarnation of Peter Parker for Sony, while gaining the rights to use the same actor and character in Marvel Studios' own movies.
We know very little about what the new movie will look like, aside from it not being an origin story. The title star has yet to be cast, though Sony has set Drew Goddard as its writer and director. That's a savvy move, as Goddard is a major fan favorite in the geek world, having worked on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias, Lost, created Netflix's Daredevil and directed Cabin in the Woods.
The current plan is to release a new Spider-Man movie in July of 2017, following Spidey's debut in next year's Captain America: Civil War, and to be followed by some seven "connected universe" movies like Venom, Kraven, and Spider-Man 2099.