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Spider-man joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Excelsior!

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It was a will-they, won’t-they story rivaling the best romantic comedy. Rumors from every where that Sony and Marvel were working together to bring Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I honestly had to remind myself that today is not April 1st when I read it.

First we heard that the talks fell through. But the rumors persisted. But today it’s official. Sony and Marvel have announced a new deal that will allow Spider-Man to be in an upcoming Marvel movie. Then, Sony will release the next solo Spidey films on July 28, 2017. Kevin Fiege and Marvel will collaborate with Sony on a new direction for Spidey, but Sony will still retain the rights to him. Interesting, this looks like Andrew Garfield will not be reprising his role as Spider-Man.

Bob Iger even spoke up: “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.”

What do you think of this news? Are you excited that Spidey is joining the Avengers? Where do you think he’ll show up?

Based on the comics, the logical place is in Captain America: Civil War but I was under the impression that Black Panther was going to take what was Spidey’s role in the story. Either way, I’m excited.

Update:  Because Spider-Man’s solo movie on July 28, 2017 would conflict with Thor: Ragnarok Marvel has just announced new release dates for four of their upcoming movies.

Thor: Ragnarok is now coming out on ters November 3, 2017. Black Panther has been moved to July 6, 2018, Captain Marvel to November 2, 2018 and Inhumans to July 12, 2019.

Interestingly, the Infinity Wars movies have not been moved.