Spider-Man is set to join The Avengers in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War movie next year, according to Variety, as Sony seeks to reinvent the character in a joint venture with Marvel Studios and its parent company, Disney. In 1999, Sony purchased the film rights to the wise-cracking superhero, and the company will retain the rights, and on-screen creative control, though it appears as if the webslinger will be re-joining the so-called “Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
With Sony’s new plans for the character of Spider-Man, the company is also going to use a different actor to play the iconic superhero and his alter ego, Peter Parker. The official word is that Andrew Garfield is out as Spider-Man and somebody else will play the part in the upcoming Captain America flick, and then in a new Spider-Man movie that Sony will produce that is scheduled to hit theaters in July 2017.
Whoever takes over as Spider-Man will be the third actor to wear the costume in the 14 years that Sony has owned the rights to the character. First, Toby Maguire played the webslinger then Andrew Garfield, in a franchise that is reported to be worth $4 billion. Two people who will be behind taking Spider-Man in a new direction will be Marvel Studios head, Kevin Feige, and Amy Pascal, who was Sony Pictures co-chairwoman before she left the company.
There are some rumors that Peter Parker might not play a part in the new direction that the superhero will be taken in. It could be that, instead, Miles Morales of the comic book series Ultimate Spider-Man will take over. If so, Peter Parker might become a part of cinematic history in the not-too-distant future.
Sony’s taking Spider-Man in a different direction is no indication that Andrew Garfield did not do well in the role. The Amazing Spider-Man from 2012, which he starred in, earned $752,216,557 worldwide. The sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from 2014, was the lowest-grossing movie of the franchise, but it still grossed a respectable $709 million worldwide. Garfield’s next starring role will be in the Martin Scorsese movie, Silence.
With Spider-Man re-joining The Avengers, at least, temporarily, movie-goers will be able to see him fighting alongside other well-known superheroes, like Thor, Captain America and Iron Man. The character is a proven money-maker on his own in movies. The logic seems to be that his appearance in a film featuring The Avengers should make the flick a mega-blockbuster.
In order to make room in their lineup of superhero films in the works, Disney has had to reschedule the release dates of other movies like Black Panther and Thor: Ragnorak. The Thor: Ragnorak flick will still be released in 2017, but the month it will hit theaters has changed from July to November. The Black Panther movie will also still come out in 2017, but the month of its release has been changed from November to July.
Also, the movie Captain America: Civil War has been moved to hit theaters now in November 2018. The planned Inhumans flick has now been re-scheduled to open in the summer of 2019.
According to Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton, Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal “are the perfect team to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man.” With the webslinger becoming a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and The Avengers once again, the character will have several different directions that he can be taken in, and he will likely be thrilling audiences for a long time to come, whoever ends up filling the role.
Written By Douglas Cobb