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Published on February 11th, 2015 | by Brad

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Spider-Man Joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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In the wee small hours of Tuesday morning, Marvel Studios and Sony made the joint-announcement many fans have been hoping for beyond all hope; an appearance has been struck and our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man will be appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The new Spider-Man will make his debut in an upcoming MCU film before spinning off into a Sony-financed, Marvel-co-produced solo film on the 28th of July 2017. So what implications does this have?

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How does this affect the Amazing Spider-Man series?

First up, I think it’s pretty safe to say that Andrew Garfield is out as Peter Parker. A bit of a shame, as the Brit is one of the elements of the disappointing Amazing Spider-Man series which does actually work. I’d love to have seen his Spider-Man take on Raimi’s villains. However, dwindling box office receipts (a “mere” $736m worldwide for Amazing Spider-Man 2 the lowest haul for a Spider-flick so far) and pretty toxic word of mouth have seemingly forced Sony’s hand. And if you’re running away from disappointing box office and reviews, into the House of Mouse Ideas and their hit-machine seems likes a pretty safe destination on the face of it.

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How does this affect the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

The emergence of the new Spider-Man film means that a large part of Marvel’s third phase has been bumped, with Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 & 2 keeping their dates. The 28th of July 2017 release date was previously held by Thor: Ragnarok, which has now moved to Black Panther’s old slot, which has taken Captain Marvel’s date, which has displaced The Inhumans, which has a new date a few months after Infinity War Part 2. Got it? This also more or less confirms the mooted Sinister Six, Venom and untitled-female-led-Spider-Man film are all going by the wayside.

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So when are we going to see him?

It seems pretty obvious at this point that the film in which ol’ Webhead will be making his MCU debut is Captain America: Civil War. It’s surely too late to work him into the post-credits of Avengers: Age of Ultron or Ant-Man, which leaves Civil War, Dr Strange or Guardians of the Galaxy 2. We’re not going to see Spider-Man in space, and we’re not going to see him overshadow Benedict Cumberbatch’s debut as Dr Strange, so that only leaves Civil War. Spider-Man plays a significant role in the original comic, originally coming out on Tony Stark’s pro-superhero-registration side, even revealing his secret identity to the world, before eventually switching sides and fighting alongside Captain America. There was a theory circulating that Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther would have been filling that role in the film, but it may now be that Peter Parker takes his place.

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Is he joining the Avengers?

Though Spidey is certain to interact with the MCU, and likely to play a part in Infinity War, I would be very surprised if we see any of the big-hitters from that universe appear in the Sony-financed Spider-flicks. Altogether more likely are the Defenders, the street-level New York-based heroes who are coming to Netflix over the next few years, starting this year with Daredevil. Spidey is kind of a bridge between that level and the cosmic heavy-hitters of the Avengers anyway, tonally speaking, so that would be a good fit.

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Is there anything about this news that isn’t awesome?

I would raise a slight concern at how Marvel are pushing back a lot of their pre-planned slate to accommodate Spider-Man. I mean, of course there is no bigger name on their superhero roster and they’re quite right to leap at the chance to get him back, but it’ll be a shame if he disrupts what they’ve spent so long building. Would Marvel have pushed the Avengers in the way they have if they’d been able to make Spider-Man, X-Men and Fantastic Four movies? Unlikely. And if Marvel hadn’t had such success with the Avengers, DC’s upcoming spate of movies which don’t feature Batman or Superman wouldn’t be happening, nor would Fox’s Deadpool or Gambit. My hope is that the recapture of Spider-Man doesn’t detract from giving the likes of Carol Danvers, Black Panther, Luke Cage and Iron Fist the chance to shine.

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How are you feeling about it, Brad?

I can’t deny I’m quite excited. I can take or leave the bulk of Marvel’s characters, truth be told. I enjoy the MCU just fine, but I wouldn’t be overly disappointed if any of the films turned out to be rubbish (and indeed a couple already have!) Spider-Man is different, though. I love Spider-Man, and it’s been really disappointing that his last three cinematic offerings have largely sucked. I also haven’t read any of his new comics in the seven-and-a-half years since he made a deal with the devil, but that’s a rant for another day. Marvel Studios have largely had the Midas touch thus far, and at best, this new Spider-Man has the potential to surpass even Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 in my affections. Let’s see what happens.

So how do you feel about the return home of Spider-Man, consumers? Let us know in the comments!

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