Spider-Man to finally join the Avengers
The deal between Sony and Marvel to bring the web-swinging superhero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is long overdue
[Updated 11 February 2015] It has been confirmed that Andrew Garfield will not reprise his role as Spider-Man, as Sony is going back to his younger days in high school for the next films. Let the casting games begin!
Finally, Peter Parker will be a part of the Avengers. Sony Pictures (which owns the rights to Spider-Man) and Marvel Studios yesterday announced that Spider-Man will appear in a film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
It has not yet been confirmed which film that will be, but after that release Spider-Man will have a solo film helmed by both studios, and scheduled to open in July 2017. A press release said Marvel's Kevin Feige and Sony Pictures' Amy Pascal "will collaborate on a new creative direction" although Sony will have "final creative control" of Spidey's films.
The deal goes both ways; they're also considering bringing MCU heroes into Spider-Man films.
It is being speculated that Spider-Man's first appearance in the MCU will be in Captain America: Civil War, out in 2016. In the Civil War comics, Iron Man and Captain America spearhead opposite sides of the superhuman community that is faced with the newly implemented Superhuman Registration Act, which makes it compulsory for any person with super powers in the US to register. It is then that pro-registration Tony Stark convinces Peter Parker to reveal himself as Spider-Man.
Civil War already has Chris Evans (Captain), Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) and Daniel Brühl (Baron Zemo) in the cast. It remains to be seen if Andrew Garfield (who plays Spidey in the reboot films) will join them, or if he'll make his debut elsewhere.
Now for a certain group of mutants to miraculously get in on the action...