Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios have made a deal for 'Spider-Man' to be 'integrated' into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in the upcoming feature "Captain America: Civil War", followed by several solo adventures co-produced by Marvel's Kevin Feige:
Sony Pictures confirm they will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the solo 'Spider-Man' films.
Marvel and Sony Pictures are also exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spidey features.
"...the new relationship follows a decade of speculation among fans about whether 'Spider-Man' – who has always been an integral and important part of the larger 'Marvel Universe' in the comic books – could become part of the Marvel Universe on the big screen. Spider-Man has more than 50 years of history in Marvel's world, and with this deal, fans will be able to experience Spider-Man taking his rightful place among other Super Heroes in the MCU..."
"'Spider-Man' is one of Marvel's great characters, beloved around the world", said Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. "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."
"I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie," said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. "Amy has been deeply involved in the realization on film of one of the world’s most beloved characters. Marvel's involvement will hopefully deliver the creative continuity and authenticity that fans demand from the MCU. I am equally excited for the opportunity to have Spider-Man appear in the MCU, something which both we at Marvel, and fans alike, have been looking forward to for years."
"Spider-Man" is noted as the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with five films earning more than $4 billion worldwide.
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