Sony Denies that Spider-Man Is Anywhere Near Joining the MCU
Yesterday, rumors were flying that Spider-Man would join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, first appearing with a new team of Avengers in Avengers: Infinity War. But now, Sony has categorically denied the report, telling Comic Book Resources that it's an "old rumor with no validity whatsoever."
This doesn't come as a shock to us, since rumors begun by Latino Review are fairly hit-or-miss. To be fair, Disney has not responded to the rumors yet, and there is a chance that Sony would deny the rumors because they wanted to retain the surprise of an official announcement. But, as we said yesterday, Sony's characterization of the report as an old, rehashed rumor rings somewhat true.
Although it would be exciting on its face, I'm not even sure I want it to be true, especially if it really would mean recasting Andrew Garfield. I was disappointed that Marvel and Sony couldn't reach a deal before production of Civil War, since Spider-Man's role in it is so integral and memorable, but early buzz makes it seem like they've already given Black Panther Spider-Man's storyline, so it's probably too late to shoehorn Spider-Man in there in order to be true to the comics. If Spider-Man wouldn't be in Civil War, then the main advantage to this deal would be the hope that Marvel would give Garfield better material to work with than he's had for the disappointing Amazing Spider-Man series, but according to the reports, he would be recast anyway. If we would need to get rid of Garfield just to get Spider-Man in Avengers: Infinity War, which already has more than enough options from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to create a new roster of Avengers, then it might not be worth it.