Spidey Senses tingling. No, wait, we’ve just sat on our wallet. But if you are a fan of Spider-Man then you’ll be tingling with excitement to know he’ll finally be joining Marvel’s cinematic wise-crackers The Avengers.
Swinging in from a previous deal at Sony Pictures which saw Tobey Maguire and more recently Andrew Garfield playing the web spinner, Spider-Man - a long-time member of the superhero task force in the comics - is finally joining the gang on the big screen, starting with an appearance in Captain America: Civil War.
Whoever is likely to be cast - despite Sony's Amy Pascal taking on producing duties, don't expect Garfield to return to the fold - the addition of Peter Parker certainly adds a fresh dimension going into the future of The Avengers, who after saving the world once more in this summer’s Age of Ultron sequel will duly follow it up by saving it all over again for Infinity War, split into two films slated for 4 May 2018 and 3 May 2019. Seriously, they'll be knackered at that point and will need all the help they can get.
A joint project between Sony Pictures, who still hold the rights to Spider-Man, and Disney, who look after Marvel’s Hollywood interests, the news has unsurprisingly had a knock on effect for other movies on your must-watch calendar: Sony’s much touted Sinister Six has been delayed, while, the next Thor movie (Ragnarok) as well as Black Panther have been pushed back to 3 November 2017 and 6 July 2018 respectively.
Speaking of the announcement, Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group said: “Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios share a love for the characters in the Spider-Man universe and have a long, successful history of working together. This new level of collaboration is the perfect way to take Peter Parker's story into the future.
We're buoyed anyhow, even if a tad disappointed this may never happen.