Sony Entertainment and Marvel Studios have announced that Spider-Man – the character that belongs to Sony Pictures – will appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, alongside Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow and the rest of the Avengers team.
The web-swinger will appear in a new Marvel film in 2017, but Andrew Garfield won’t be returning as the brave character – the role will be recast with someone new.
“Before his solo outing, however, Spider-Man will also make a crossover appearance in one of Marvel’s other superhero films, most probably Captain America: Civil War which is set for release in May 2016,” the Telegraph reports.
Former Sony co-chief Amy Pascal remains attached to this new franchise despite having left Sony last week.
“Monday night’s announcement is nothing less than a seismic shift in the superhero movie landscape, where a complex web of intellectual-property rights — divvied up before Marvel movies became a billion-dollar business — has kept globally-known characters intractably separated,” Mashable writes.
“Though Spidey, the Avengers and the X-Men all spring from the same shared Marvel comic-book universe, where the next crossover series is never more than a summer away, Sony has had Spider-Man since before Tobey Maguire first played Peter Parker in 2002; 20th Century Fox has been making X-Men films since 2000 and Marvel Studios first cranked out Iron Man at Paramount before that studio sold its distribution rights to Disney for $4 billion and change in 2009.”
Meanwhile, Marvel studio gets prepared to show the second part of Avengers’ adventures, as it released a new trailer for the movie.
“In a baller move presumably out of Tony Stark’s playbook, Disney and Marvel decided to combat the breach by releasing the official teaser in full, one week before it was scheduled to debut. (The studios had planned on premiering the initial “Age of Ultron” trailer on Oct. 28 during an episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”),” The Huffington Post reports.
“Not that this wouldn’t have been worth the longer wait: The trailer introduces the villainous Ultron (voiced by James Spader), offers glimpses of new superheroes, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), and even provides a first look at Andy Serkis’ mystery character.”
“The Avengers,” costarring Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo, (The Hulk), Tom Huddleston (villain Loki) and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), score especially well in key English-speaking markets – the U.K. ($24.7 million at some 530 situations) and Australia ($19.7 million at some 260 sites, the second biggest market opening ever).
Later, the Joss Whedon-directed movie, riding stellar reviews and a tsunami of Twitter love, piled up $200.3 million at theaters in the U.S. and Canada.
“There aren’t even words, to be honest. I’m running low on double takes. Every time we looked at a number, it just got bigger than what we could have hoped for in the best-case assumption,” said Dave Hollis, Disney’s head of distribution at the time. “With this film, this weekend, anything is possible.”