After years of fan hope and speculation, Sony Pictures has struck a deal that will enlist Marvel Studios to help determine a “new creative direction” for its Spider-Man film franchise, bringing the web-slinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which includes the likes of The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. The Stan Lee/Steve Ditko creation will first appear in a broader MCU film, followed by a new Sony Pictures-financed entry in the Spider-Man film franchise.
The new relationship follows a decade of speculation among fans about whether Spider-Man–who has always been an integral and important part of the larger Marvel Universe in the comic books–could become part of the Marvel Universe on the big screen.
The deal will also explore futher ways to integrate the two worlds.
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