According to Marvel.com, an agreement with Sony Pictures will make Spider-Man a part of Marvel Studio’s Cinematic Universe.
Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first “appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU),” as per the announcement on Marvel.com. If Marvel is to be true to its comic book roots, the web slinger’s introduction, which could likely be in ‘Captain America: Civil War.’
Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next ‘Spider-Man’ movie on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal (‘Ghostbusters’), who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.
Marvel and Sony Pictures are also exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films.
The new relationship follows a decade of fans wishing Spider-Man could join the rest of the Marvel Universe on the big screen, especially since he has historically been a major player in The Avengers, and has a crucial role in ‘Civil War.’
An unfortunate consequence of this arrangement is that release dates for four Phase III movies have been delayed.
‘Thor: Ragnarok’ will be delayed from early summer 2017, to November 3, 2017; ‘Black Panther’ has been pushed back to July 6, 2018; and ‘Captain Marvel’ to November 2, 2018. ‘Inhumans’ will be released in theaters July 12, 2019.
The release dates for ‘Avengers: Infinity War Part 1’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War Part 2’ remain unchanged, on May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019, respectively.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) will have a reunion with Coulson, et al, but with a super-powered case of amnesia.
Sif comes to Earth on an undercover mission and battles with a yet-to-be-revealed foe whose superpowers are equal to her own. Footage of the epic clash, which takes place on the coast of Portugal, becomes big news on social media, prompting the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to rush to the scene to investigate. Not only do they find Sif without her armor, but she has also lost her short-term memory.
“Sif has no idea who Thor is or that she serves a king, and we’re going to have fun with that,” says executive producer Jeffrey Bell. “It’ll give us some much-needed humor in a season that’s been full of betrayal and death. Sif can’t even recall who she came here from Asgard to stop, but Agent Coulson [Clark Gregg] and his team will try to help her figure all that out.”
The episode will be the second one to air on March 10.
In more AOS news, ‘The Tomorrow People’s’ Luke Mitchell has been cast in a recurring Inhumans-related role.
Mitchell will play Lincoln, a charismatic Inhuman who has an important role in helping Skye (Chloe Bennet) understand the true extent of her transformation.
The Inhumans, as they are known in the Marvel-verse, are a race of beings that have been genetically enhanced by the Kree, the same alien species from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ It was revealed in AOS’s mid-season finale that Skye is actually Inhuman Daisy Johnson, aka Quake, and that her father, played by Kyle MacLachlan, is Dr. Calvin Zabo/Mr. Hyde, a villain in the comic books.
Developing the Inhumans story in AOS comes ahead of Marvel launching an ‘Inhumans’ feature film in 2018.
Finally, Adrianne Palicki, AKA Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird, teases about her role when AOS returns. “Well, there’s a little secret that Mack and Bobbi are keeping from the team,” Palicki said in a recent interview. “It’s going to come out soon, and it’s going to really throw a big wrench into the S.H.I.E.L.D. community. But it’s not bad, and you’re going to see their relationship become very clear.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC on March 3 at 9 p.m.
A.K.A. Jessica Jones
Rachael Taylor has been cast as Patricia “Trish” Walker in ‘Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones,’ premiering on Netflix in 2015 following ‘Marvel’s Daredevil.’
Trish is a syndicated radio talk show host, former model and child TV star known to her adoring fans as “Patsy” Walker. As Jessica Jones’ closest friend, Trish helps her embark on the most dangerous case of Jessica’s career.
The character of Patricia Walker has roots dating back to 1944 with her first appearance in MISS AMERICA MAGAZINE #2, and in the comics Walker donned the super hero identity of Hellcat in 1976.