Spider-Man may be coming home to the MCU, starting with ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (UPDATE)
Update: Sony has denied the rumors of a deal between it and Marvel. That could be misdirection, but Sony stands to gain nothing by refuting the rumor and the rep may just not know, but it sounds like Spidey won’t be joining the Avengers anytime soon.
According to a new report, Spider-Man is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he we may even see Spider-Man in Avengers Infinity War – Part 1.
At the moment, there is absolutely zero official confirmation of this, making it still very much in the realm of rumor. It comes from Dave Gonzalez over at Latino Review, who has a solid track record of breaking spoiler-filled news, but this is a big one.
The post, if correct, goes on to outline what appears to be all the major moments from the upcoming Phase 3. Again, if true, the report is absolutely jam packed full of spoilers. It may come to nothing, or Marvel may decide to change their plans altogether, but if you aren’t into spoilers – deeply into spoilers, you may want to avoid the post.
Seriously, it outlines what characters live and die, and even spells out what may be the plot of Captain America: Civil War. It may sound enticing, but take it from someone that spends a good portion of their life actively looking for spoilers, some things are better left unspoiled.
Minor spoilers ahead
While the Latino Review article is spoiler filled, this article has only general spoilers, nothing you wouldn’t find out on your own soon enough. Again, that’s all assuming the report is right.
As for the news about Spider-Man, the report claims that the deal between Sony and Marvel – the one that was leaked in the great Sony hacking fiasco – actually did get completed. No details on the deal were offered.
The previous leak revealed that Marvel was interested in introducing Spider-Man in Civil War, but negotiations fell through – or maybe they just took too long. The new plan will apparently have Spider-Man fighting alongside what may be most of the Marvel characters in Infinity War – Part 1.
The article goes into a bit of detail about the two part film, but again, it contains serious spoilers. The general idea though, is that the first film would feature several of the newer Marvel characters, while the second would feature everyone Marvel could get its hands on. Given the scope, that may even include the characters on the upcoming and active TV shows, but that is speculation on top of rumor.
Sony and Spider-Man
The big question is what would this mean for Sony’s Spider-Man plans? Sony recently confirmed its intention to move ahead with The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which is tentatively scheduled for a 2018 release. That could end up being a co-production, or the film might be cancelled.
That then begs the question of who would play Spider-Man in the Marvel universe? The Sony leaks claimed that Marvel would want to recast the role, meaning Andrew Garfield is out. If the co-production goes ahead though, that could mean The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will be set in the Marvel universe, and Garfield would appear alongside the Avengers. That could make The Amazing Spider-Man 3 something of a lead in for Infinity War- Part 1, which is set for May 4, 2018. It might be a complicated fit though.
Marvel has gone to great lengths to ensure that the events of one property have at least some impact on the others. The two previous Spider-Man films have both seen New York under attack. It would be tough to convince audiences that the Avengers were just busy when Electro attacked, or Spidey was out of town when the Chitauri invaded. Starting fresh would be the logical option.
Again, this is all assuming the initial report is correct.
If it is, Marvel will likely be the one to make the announcement. And if they do, expect something fairly big – maybe even an event as opposed to a press release. After all, we’re talking about one of the most popular fictional characters in the world returning home and joining the biggest shared cinematic universe around. That is a big, big deal.