Yesterday, we reported that Marvel Studios may introduce a new team of superheroes in The Avengers 3. This would allow Disney to save their superstar actors such as Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans for another massive project, which is speculated to either be Marvel's Infinity Gauntlet or Marvel's Secret War. Today, a new report from Hitfix suggests that Marvel is also in the midst of negotiating a deal with Sony Pictures to bring Spider-Man into their Marvel Movie Universe.
Hitfix's Drew McWeeny wasn't able to get confirmation on the exact plans, but you can take a look at an excerpt from his story below.
"While I can't get the confirmations I need to verify the story, I'm hearing that there are some very cool Spider-Man plans being discussed that would help Sony refocus their enormously important franchise while also opening up some connections in the onscreen Marvel movie universe that would blow fandom's minds. Will it work out? I don't know. I would love to be able to state for sure that it's happening. What seems clear from what I've heard is that Marvel wants to be able to play with all of their characters, and if they can make that work creatively and on a corporate level, they will, and that means the world gets bigger again."
We've known for awhile now that the Spider-Man franchise is in a state of flux, following the negative reactions to The Amazing Spider-Man 2. After writer-producer Roberto Orci left The Amazing Spider-Man 3 back in July, Sony gave their spin-off Sinister Six the November 11, 2016 release date previously slated for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which will now hit theaters sometime in 2018.
While it seems unlikely that Sony will sign over their entire Spider-Man franchise to Marvel, it's possible they could be working on a shared-rights scenario similar to the deal Marvel and 20th Century Fox have for Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. As a provision of that deal, Marvel can't mention any of the siblings' mutant history, while 20th Century Fox can't mention any of their stories involving The Avengers. It could be feasible for Sony and Marvel to hammer out a similar arrangement that keeps both of their franchises intact, while adding Spider-Man to the MCU as a part of the Avengers.
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