Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as studio teams up with Sony

Sony and Marvel Studios have announced that Spider-Man - the character licensed to Sony Pictures - will feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, alongside Robert Downey Jnr’s Iron Man, Chris Evans’s Captain America and the rest of the Avengers team, writes the Telegraph.

Apparently, Spider-Man will first make a crossover appearance in one of Marvel's superhero films, most probably 'Captain America: Civil War' which is set for release in May 2016.

According to The Wrap, Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its “Amazing Spider-Man” franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago.

Together, the two 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.

“I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie,” said Feige in a statement. “Amy has been deeply involved in the realization on film of one of the world’s most beloved characters. Marvel’s involvement will hopefully deliver the creative continuity and authenticity that fans demand from the MCU. I am equally excited for the opportunity to have Spider-Man appear in the MCU, something which both we at Marvel, and fans alike, have been looking forward to for years.”

Andrew Garfield will not be reprising the role he played in the first two 'Amazing Spider-Man' films.

The rumoured schedule for MCU theatrical releases now looks like this:

Avengers: Age of Ultron: May 2015

Ant-Man: July 2015

Captain America: Civil War: May 2016

Doctor Strange: November 2016

Guardians of the Galaxy 2: May 2017

Spider-Man: July 2017

Thor: Ragnarok: November 2017

Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1: May 2018

Black Panther: July 2018

Captain Marvel: November 2018

Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2: May 2019

Inhumans: July 2019

Read The Wrap's coverage of the announcement

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