Rumor Mongering: Sony and Marvel Reach a Deal for Spider-Man to Appear in Phase 3?
There have been rumors for months now that Sony and Marvel were attempting to reach a deal to share the rights to Spider-Man, allowing the iconic character to appear in future Marvel films. Now, trusty rumor mongerer Latino Review claims that the deal has finally been achieved, and that Spider-Man will, in fact, appear in Marvel's Phase 3.
According to the reports, which they specifically state cannot be attributed to "any person, company, or leak," Spider-Man will appear not in Captain America: Civil War, as was previously rumored, but in Avengers: Infinity War pt 1. Latino Review also seems to think that Andrew Garfield will be recast, which I think is a mistake. Not only has Garfield achieved critical and fan acclaim in spite of lukewarm reception for the Amazing Spider-Man films themselves, but we really don't need three different men playing Spider-Man in less than ten years. Garfield's performance and interpretation of the character was, indeed, the only thing that truly worked in the reboot series (along with Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy, but she presumably wouldn't be appearing in future films anyway), and Marvel should take advantage of that.
Possible spoilers for Marvel's Phase 3 follow!
Latino Review also revealed what may be major plot details about several Phase 3 films. First, Steve Rogers will be killed at the end of Captain America: Civil War, leaving Tony Stark disillusioned with the idea of superheroism. Then, Thor will be trapped in some kind of galactic prison at the end of Thor: Ragnarok. With the original Avengers team in shambles, Avengers: Infinity War pt 1 will feature an entirely new team, including Scarlet Witch, Quiksilver, and Spider-Man. Other possible contenders include Vision, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Wasp, Captain Marvel, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, any of the Inhumans, any of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Mockingbird and more. Then, all the favorites will return in Avengers: Infinity War pt 2, including Steve Rogers, who comes back from the dead somehow.
Even more than most rumors, these reports should be taken with a grain of salt. Not only does Latino Review make it clear that they cannot name a source, but a lot of this is just rehashing old rumors. We've all known that Spider-Man might be coming to the MCU without Garfield for quite some time, Steve Rogers dying at the end of Civil War is preordained by the comics, and it makes sense that Marvel would start to transition us into a new Avengers team, as the old guard are starting to move on with their careers. There's also an argument to be made that this makes the rumors more believable, but the fact remains that they're completely unsubstantiated.
Marvel's Phase 3 begins with Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange in 2016, and continues with Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnarok, and Black Panther in 2017; Avengers: Infinity War pt 1, Captain Marvel, and Inhumans in 2018; and Avengers: Infinity War pt 2 in 2019.