Can Spider-Man count on his new amazing friends?
We all know the webslinger will make a sizable appearance in the Marvel Studios film Captain America: Civil War, but it has been unclear if some of those heroes could share the screen with Peter Parker in his own standalone movie set for next year.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told EW, yes — not only does Spidey end up helping Iron Man in Civil War, but the plan is for some Marvel Cinematic Universe stalwarts to appear in Spider-Man’s film. “He is in the universe now, and the fun of the universe is that characters go back and forth,” Feige said.
Sony Pictures is rebooting the character in an untitled Spider-Man film with Tom Holland as Peter Parker, set for release July 7, 2017.
A primer for the casual fans: These are all characters who originated in the pages of Marvel Comics, but years before the publishing company started financing its own interlocked series of movies through Marvel Studios, some of its most iconic heroes were licensed out to other film companies. Fox has the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Deadpool, and others; Sony has Spider-Man and all the characters associated with him.
Each property comes with a deadline: Make a new film by a certain date, or the rights revert back to Marvel. (That’s how Marvel Studios was able to reclaim Daredevil from Fox and make the TV series currently streaming on Netflix.)
Last year, after disappointment over The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and a hacking scandal that upended leadership at the studio, Sony agreed to share the character with Marvel Studios, in exchange for getting a deadline extension. That brought the studio time to put together the 2017 film, which will be directed by Cop Car filmmaker Jon Watts.
For fans, it also meant Spidey’s new storyline would become interlocked with those of Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, The Hulk, and the menagerie of other do-gooders and evildoers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Feige can’t say exactly who from the MCU will appear in the Spider-Man film, but when he was asked by EW, Civil War filmmaker Joe Russo jumped in with a suggestion.
“Let’s just say … Great Lakes Avengers,” said Russo, who directed the Captain America film with his brother Anthony.
He’s joking. Unless you think Mister Immortal, the pink pterodactyl woman Dinah Soar, Big Bertha (whose power is severe obesity), the intangible teleporter Doorman, and the two-dimensional Flatman will actually turn up onscreen.
My spider-sense isn’t tingling.
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