|Source: Schmoes Know|
Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have this week announced the development of several new big-screen storylines for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, each of which will play host to none other than Spider-Man.
The wise-cracking fictitious web-slinger, who made his first printed appearance in an issue of Marvel Comics' Amazing Fantasy back in the 1960s, originally had the rights to future film adaptations based on his comic-book antics sold to Sony towards the end of the 20th Century, a move which sparked the release of three flicks starring Tobey Maguire as the Webbed Wonder (Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004) and - no prizes for predicting the next one, unfortunately - Spider-Man 3 (2007)) as well as two further instalments that took place in a part-rebooted, part-shared universe (The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)), but as of next year, the character's on-screen paradigm will purportedly shift dramatically.
Under the new agreement conceived by the two studios earlier this month, Peter Parker (who'll once again adopt his iconic mantle if Sony President Doug Belgrad's assertion that the deal represents "the perfect way to take Peter Parker's story into the future" is anything to go by)'s high-flying superheroic alter-ego will feature in one Marvel Cinematic Universe motion picture in an unknown capacity - meaning that his presence could amount to anything from a cameo in this Summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron to a fully-fledged supporting role in April 2016's Captain America: Civil War - before subsequently taking on a leading role in his own solo outing, the latter of which will see Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige serve in the role of producer and will ideally feature other MCU characters if Sony have anything to say on the subject.
Since we're huge fans of the Webbed Wonder's deliciously over-the-top printed exploits here at On-Screen (not to mention the Maguire trilogy, though Andrew Garfield's recent take on the beloved literary construct left us apathetic towards the franchise in its current state), the news has predictably come as a overwhelmingly pleasant surprise, particularly given that talks between Marvel and Sony seemed to come to an abrupt halt last Autumn when hordes upon hordes of the latter company's emails found their way online via a still-to-be-prosecuted leaker. Whether the presence of the Earth's Mightiest Heroes' most talkative member in future Avengers-related works of cinema will bode promisingly for the Marvel Cinematic Universe or indeed for the state of the big-screen superhero genre is up to debate for the time being, of course, but as with just about any major entertainment industry watershed moment, the real fun should lie in discovering the truth for ourselves...
"The new Spider-Man", as Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are currently branding the latest incarnation of the character, will make his début in a MCU blockbuster set to launch before 2017 (so Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War or Doctor Strange, then), then will swing into cinemas worldwide with a MCU-infused standalone film of his own on July 28th, 2017.