This news is huge! Marvel and Sony Pictures have teamed up to bring Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel has released a press release announcing that Spider-Man will appear in an unspecified Marvel movie, that takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And after he appears in the Marvel film:
"Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal.... Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films."
What could that mean? A new Spider-Man franchise might be on its way, or another Andrew Garfield film. Or could it be the Sinister 6 spin-off? But that also means that we'll most likely see other Marvel characters in the new Spider-Man film.
Disney's Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said of the deal, "Spider-Man is one of Marvel's great characters, beloved around the world. We're thrilled to work with Sony Pictures to bring the iconic web-slinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which opens up fantastic new opportunities for storytelling and franchise building."
Update: Marvel Studios and Disney have announced the new release schedule for their films, based on the Spider-Man news. Four films have new release dates, starting with Thor: Ragnarok, shifting to November 3, 2017. Black Panther hits on July 6, 2018. Captain Marvelmoves to November 2, 2018. Finally, Inhumans will now hit July 12, 2018, putting that film after the release of both parts of the two-part Avengers: Infinity War, which keeps its release dates of May 4, 2018 for Part 1, and May 3, 2019 for Part 2.