Spider-man is now part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Pop the champagne!

The prodigal son returns! He has been released from the orphanage at last!


I’ll give you a hint- NOT this guy for sure


And thank god for that too. In that sense, i guess i should actually be really grateful for “The Amazing Spider Man 2”. Because it if weren’t for that sloppy movie, we would not have witnessed this day- the day the prodigal son returned home. So thank you TASM 2, and THANK YOU Paul Giamatti, for making it very evident through your role that Sony really had no idea what they were doing with poor old Spidey.


But all silly pictures aside- yes, it’s now official- Spider man is now part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


In a surprise late evening announcement on Monday, Marvel posted to their official website that they have partnered with Sony Pictures to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. No word was mentioned about Andrew Garfield (who played Spider man in the Amazing Spider Man 1 and 2 but since the press release does state that together, Sony and Marvel are looking to take Spider-Man in a “new creative direction.”, i think it’s quite safe to say that Garfield is out of the picture. And regardless of who is now going to play Peter Parker next (yes, it’s still going to be Parker and not Miles Morales instead) Spiderman will first appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before starring in the next Sony Spiderman movie in July 28, 2017 which means the current plans for a 2016 Sinister Six have been scrapped. It also means Thor: Ragnarok – which originally had that date – and the rest of Marvel’s Phase 3 following it, have shifted to make room.

Thor 3 moves from a July 28, 2017 release (now held by Spider-Man) to November 3, 2017.

Black Panther moves from November 3, 2017 to July 6, 2018.

Captain Marvel moves from July 6, 2018 to November 2, 2018.

Inhumans moves from November 2, 2018 to July 12, 2019.

Release dates for The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2 remain the same, May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019, respectively.

The Avengers 2 hits May 1st; Ant-Man on July 17th; Doctor Strange on November 4, 2016, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5, 2017.


Further agreements of the deal are unknown but keep in mind that the deal comes after a turbulent few months for Sony. The Culver City-based studio was victim of a massive cyber-attack by North Korea recently in what devolved into a financial and publicity nightmare. And just last week, announced that Pascal, its veteran exec and face of the studio, would be stepping aside who later expressed her desire to be a producer.

Shit. Do we have to thank North Korea for this deal?


Frankly speaking- this is just brilliant! Ever since Marvel announced their plans for the Civil War story line, I’ve always wondered how they are going to bring the book to screen without Spider Man. Those who have read Civil War will remember that Spider Man wound up playing an absolutely huge role in the story. In a fight between pro-registration superheroes (led by Iron Man) and anti-registration superheroes (led by Captain America), Spider-Man finds himself caught in the middle, but is convinced to join Tony Stark’s side. In a show of support for the movement, he winds up doing something radical, and actually goes on live television to reveal that he is Peter Parker:


By now we know that Captain America 3 will start the Civil War story line. It would also act as a setting for Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther (whose concept art was revealed months back to instill faith in the movie goers- seen below) who after his cameo will feature next in his own movie in July 6, 2018.


Considering how the production of Captain America: Civil War movie hasn’t begun yet, we can see how easy it would be for Marvel to include Spider man in the movie even if it is just as a brief cameo before his full extended role in the nest Sony Movie. Moreover Marvel now has a chance to rectify a lot of mistakes committed by Sony: the main one being the assumption that the audience still wouldn’t mind seeing Peter as a high school kid who suffers from his own share of relationships and unrequited love. Don’t do that Marvel- do not give us a teenage Peter Parker again. Because with this deal now actually having come to fruition, Marvel can now re invent Spidey in their own way- the possibilities are endless. My request to Marvel- please introduce Spider Man as a grown adult. Get your inspiration from that comic where Peter is now a science teacher in Midtown high (Peter’s old school)…


…who not only will be taken seriously as an adult amongst the Avengers roster but also, later in either of the Infinity war movies will be able to wear this kick-ass armor designed especially for him by Tony Stark (The Iron Spider)



The scope for improvement and re-imagining is just too high!

It only makes sense due to the two Infinity war movies- the Iron Spider MUST make an appearance!

The big question now is how Marvel will handle Inhumans since they won’t debut until after the Infinity War saga but have already been introduced in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. Marvel Comics readers are likely very ware of how important theInhumans are to the major space-heavy crossover events (War of Kings, Realm of Kings, Infinity, Inhumanity) over the last half a decade so it’s foreseeable that Phase 4 could setup another Infinity War-size event where they play a crucial role at the forefront.

Throw in the new Spider-Man who will undoubtedly be cast with a super long-term contract, and we can already begin piecing together what heroes will form the Marvel Studios phase 4 roster.

But as for now:-

Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Spider-man, Nick Fury, War Machine, The Winter Soldier, Falcon, Iron Man’s remote controlled suits, Sif, Frandal, Volstagg, Hogun, Heimdall, Loki, Scarlett Witch, Quicksilver, Rocket Racoon, Star Lord, Drax, Gamora, Groot, Nova Corp, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Agents of Shield team, Ultron (maybe, if not destroyed), Captain Marvel, Ant Man (both of them), Selvig, Jane Foster, The Abomination, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, a super powered Pepper Potts







  1. swanpride · February 10, 2015

    It will be a teenaged Spider-man…and for a good reason. Marvel will want a Spider-man they can used for a couple of movies. And Spider-man never really worked that well as soon as he reached a certain age. A big appeal of the character are his youthful struggles with finding his own path. So Marvel will aim to make Spider-man as young as possible, because this way, they can use the character way longer.
    Plus, currently there is only one movie which truly explores “teenager Spider-man” and that is TAS1. All the others had “young college student Spider-man”. To eyplore the character fully it is a good idea to start with the beginning…not with another origin story, but immediatly after.


    • The Great Strange · February 10, 2015

      True. You do have a point there. But you really don’t have to start with an entirely new grown Peter Parker like the one from the Spider Girl series. I’m talking about someone who has recently started considering his options in life, trying to figure out what he wants to do and where he needs to go. That way, the Spider Man from the New lease of life series really appealed to me: there was a lot of growth we saw in the character as well as better understanding in terms of his identity through his talks with Ezikiel and his fights with Sharta and Morlun. It’s just an opinion 🙂 Yes, you are right- Marvel will most probably cast a teenage Peter Parker but as an audience goer, i’m just sick and tired of seeing this version. The rebooted version kinda ruined it a bit for me- Peter’s story as a teenager to me ended in the original trilogy.

      So it’s just a sincere wish i’ve put out in the universe- make Peter an adult, NOT too old of course but still someone who is still young enough and a bit clueless in terms of where he stands in life.

      And no, not quite really- i’ve always felt that the Sam Raimi version did a much better job in exploring “teenager Spiderman” than TASM 1 but to each his own one 🙂 Frankly speaking, i hated the Andrew Garfield take on Spiderman- yes he got most of Spidey’s personality right, including the quips but it just came across as a bit too annoying. So i’d rather see a version of Spiderman who is a bit more on the mature side and is taken a bit seriously by the avengers 🙂


      • swanpride · February 10, 2015

        We’ll get to the older version eventually…the thing is, if they start older, we will never get to see the younger MCU version. But starting younger will allow both versions to be in the MCU at one point.
        Regardless of which take is better, teenage Spider-man lasted only one school trip in the original Trilogy. After that it was young adult Spider-man (which is just as well, because Tobey Maguire certainly didn’t look like a teenager at all…even Garfield, who looks considerably younger than he really is was quite a stretch).

        Side-note: Maturity is not a question of age.


  2. The Great Strange · February 10, 2015

    Agreed 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s