Yesterday, you may have noticed that a rumor had spread around the internet like wildfire: an online source had claimed that negotiations between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures for Spider-Man to appear in the former’s cinematic universe were successful, and that Spider-Man was practically set for an appearance in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War — a two-part massive crossover film with the first installment due out in 2018. Such news would definitely be a dream come true for comic book fans everywhere, but the official line hasn’t changed from Sony Pictures: they continue to claim that it’s not going to happen.
According to a Sony spokesperson speaking to Comic Book Resources, The rumors are nothing more than that. When directly asked if some kind of accord had been reached between the two studios, the spokesperson didn’t mince words: it was an “old rumor” with “no validity whatsoever.”
Late last year, documents revealed during the cyber attack on Sony Pictures revealed that the two entities had discussed the possibility of Spider-Man appearing in the upcoming sequel Captain America: Civil War from Marvel Studios, based on the Civil War comic book event from 2006-07. In that story, Captain America and Iron Man led their own teams of heroes against each other in reaction to the “Superhuman Registration Act.” Spider-Man was a major player in that story, at different times fighting on both sides of that conflict.
Now, just because things may not have worked out in this instance doesn’t necessarily mean that they won’t work out in the future. The fact that it was revealed that Sony and Marvel had even broached the subject of Spider-Man at all should be a positive sign to fans that we could see him alongside the Avengers in the future. At this point, though, it’s best to take the current rumors with a grain of salt. Chances are that if/when Spider-Man is set to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it will be an occurrence that either company won’t be able to stay quiet about for too long.
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6th, 2016, while Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 will bow on May 4th, 2018. The next major Marvel film, Avengers: Age of Ultron, will hit theaters this coming May 1st. For more developments on the Marvel Cinematic Universe as they develop, keep a tab open to GeekNation!
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