Fans have been wishing for years that the screen rights to Spider-Man would revert from Sony back to Marvel. However, the complex copyright issues meant that it looked like this would never happen. Last year’s Sony email leaks showed that talks had begun for Sony to lend Spider-Man to Marvel for Captain America: Civil War but it transpired that these had broken down. Now comes the shock announcement that Sony is finally hooking up with Marvel (and Disney) to send Spider-Man back to Marvel for new big screen adventures. This is the type of thing that never, ever happens in Hollywood.
Spider-Man will be getting the full Marvel treatment, joining various other characters in a variety of Marvel movies (potentially starting with Captain America 3), before getting his own standalone flick, with Sony continuing the franchise. Kevin Feige and ousted Sony head Amy Pascal will produce.
The shock move means that Marvel has had to jiggle around its release schedule for Phase 3 –
6 May 2016: Captain America: Civil War
4 November 2016: Doctor Strange
5 May 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy 2
28 July 28 2017: Amazing Spider-Man 3
4 November 2017: Thor: Ragnarok
6 July 2018: Black Panther
2 November 2018: Captain Marvel
July 12, 2019: Inhumans