Everything You Need to Know About Spider-Man Coming Home to the MCU
Is it really happening?
It's really happening! After years of speculation, Spider-Man is returning home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel released a statement confirming the news last night:
"The new relationship follows a decade of speculation among fans about whether Spider-Man – who has always been an integral and important part of the larger Marvel Universe in the comic books – could become part of the Marvel Universe on the big screen. Spider-Man has more than 50 years of history in Marvel's world, and with this deal, fans will be able to experience Spider-Man taking his rightful place among other Super Heroes in the MCU."
Will Andrew Garfield play Spider-Man?
Almost definitely not. Marvel hasn't officially released the news yet, but they do stress a new "creative direction" for the classic hero, and according to The Wrap, Garfield is definitely out.
CONFIRMED: Andrew Garfield is NO LONGER Spider-Man. Someone new will be cast. First appearance in MCU, then solo film.— Linda Ge (@lindazge) February 10, 2015
This is by far the dumbest part of this otherwise exciting bit of news. Andrew Garfield is a talented actor, he was by far the best thing about the Amazing Spider-Man films, aside from maybe Emma Stone, and no one needs three different actors playing the same superhero in one decade. I suppose it makes sense that they would want to distance themselves from the underwhelming Amazing Spider-Man films, but it's not like Garfield is responsible for the atrocious scripts.
How will Spidey be introduced?
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He will first appear in an upcoming MCU film, and then he will have his own solo film (if it's yet another adaptation of the same origin story, I will hurt someone). There's no official word on which MCU film he'll appear in, although Captain America: Civil War is the obvious choice. Spider-Man plays an extremely significant role in the comics arc, so it makes sense that Marvel would try to push this deal through just under the wire in order to include the character. Besides, the only other films between Avengers: Age of Ultron, which has already finished filming, and the Spider-Man solo movie are Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2, none of which seem like likely candidates. It's unclear whether this will have an impact on Black Panther's role in the film, as it was rumored that he was essentially playing Spider-Man's role in the conflict between Captain America and Iron Man in the film.
How will this affect MCU release dates?
Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Inhumans will all be moved to accommodate the newly scheduled Spider-Man solo film. Here is the updated list of release dates, with changes in bold:
Avengers: Age of Ultron: May 1, 2015
Ant-Man: July 17, 2015
Captain America: Civil War: May 6, 2016
Doctor Strange: November 4, 2016
Guardians of the Galaxy 2: May 5, 2017
Spider-Man: July 28th, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok: November 3rd, 2017
Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1: May 4, 2018
Black Panther: July 6th, 2018
Captain Marvel: November 2nd, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2: May 3, 2019
Inhumans: July 12, 2019
How will this affect Sony's Sinister Six/female villain spin-off?
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Again, no official word, although the Wall Street Journal seemed to think Sinister Six was delayed, but not dead: "Sony will delay its planned release of 'The Sinister Six,' about a group of Spider-Man villains, in wake of the new deal said a person involved in movie. It had been scheduled for release in November of 2016." It's unclear whether the female villain spin-off will still go forward, or whether they're only continuing with Sinister Six because it's already been in production for a year.
Finally, here's how the comic book movie landscape is shaping up in light of this huge news.