After months of speculation and rumors, Spidey is officially swinging into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, thanks to a deal reached by Marvel and Sony. Spider-Man will be integrated into the MCU, however, Sony will retain the final creative control on the character and will continue to finance and distribute the upcoming Spidey solo film projects, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film, which may likely be Captain America: Civil War, as the character plays a major part in the comic storyline. However, neither Sony nor Marvel has confirmed this yet. Andrew Garfield, who portrayed the character in Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man films, is not expected to return as the character.
Once Spidey is integrated into the MCU, Sony will then release a new Spider-Man solo film, which is planned for July 28, 2017. This has impacted other previously-announced Marvel films moving Thor: Ragnarok from July 28, 2017 to November 3, 2017, Black Panther is moving from November 3, 2017 to July 6, 2018, Captain Marvel is moving from July 6, 2018 to November 2, 2018, and Inhumans moves from its original November 2, 2018 date to July 12, 2019.