Confirmed Deal Between Marvel and Sony Sparks Rumors of Spider-Man, Avengers Crossover on the Big Screen

For years, comic book fans have recognized Spider-Man as one of the Avengers, but after some complex business deals granted Sony the rights to Spider-Man and his universe in the 1990s, fans feared that a big-screen crossover would never come true. Fortunately, the latest announcement by Marvel and Sony revealed that Spider-Man may finally co-exist with his fellow Avengers in upcoming films.

Spider-Man lovers received heart-stopping news Monday night thanks to a long-awaited announcement from Marvel and Sony.

After months of speculation and unconfirmed rumors, it has finally been revealed that Sony and Marvel closed a deal to bring Spider-Man into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU).

While they did not reveal which film Spider-Man will make an appearance in, the speculation and guessing games have already begun with most signs pointing at an Avengers-related movie.

In the comic books, Spider-Man joined the Avengers back in the ’90s but has yet to appear alongside any of his super-powered allies in theaters.

This latest deal not only confirms that Spider-Man will be swinging his way into the MCU, but it also revealed that the next installment of the multibillion-dollar Spider-Man franchise will be undergoing a serious creative overhaul.

“Under the deal the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe,” the statement on Marvel’s website revealed. “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, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger.”

Based on Marvel’s confirmed film release dates, three likely films have surfaced as front-runners for introducing fans to the new and improved Spidey.

He could appear in Captain America 3: Civil War, which is set to be released in May 2016; Doctor Strange, which is set for release in November 2016, or Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which is set to be released in May 2017.

Fans expect that Spider-Man will be joining the patriotic hero himself, Captain America, but that hasn’t been confirmed.

Either way, Marvel is just happy to be bringing Spider-Man to his rightful home on the big screens.

“Spider-Man has more than 50 years of history in Marvel’s world, and with this deal, fans will be able to experience Spider-Man taking his rightful place among other Super Heroes in the MCU,” Marvel’s statement continued.

With Fox and Marvel having a similar deal as Sony and Marvel when it comes to the rights of X-Men, some fans were hopeful that the latest crossover deal could encourage Fox to loan out the beloved academy of mutants.

Unfortunately, there are no signs that this deal is in the works nor is it likely when considering the history between Fox and Marvel.

Sony and Marvel have had a much better relationship than the comic giant has had with Fox, so it could still be quite some time before we see the X-Men joining forces with any other Marvel fan favorites.


Every Blerd Will Be Proud of the ‘All-New Captain America’

Nerd moments and proud Black moments alike make me happy. But proud, Black nerd moments make me do parkour flips in my living room like Roy Harper in CW’s Arrow.

If anyone who hadn’t read comic books before came up to me asking what they should start with, “All-New Captain America” is on the short list I would give them. (The independent, mind-bending stuff comes later. I don’t want to scare anyone off too soon.) It’s not too far from the MCU that everyone’s familiar with and it explains itself enough where you have no problem catching up.

The best thing about this issue, besides a Black Captain America, is … nothing.

The symbol of American freedom and defense is now a Black man. Even with the current strength of racial tensions in America, this makes me forget about it all for 10 minutes or so.

The best thing about Sam Wilson, formerly known as Falcon, as Captain America is that he’s still learning how to hold down the mantle and is underestimated by everyone, including himself. He goes out of his way to prove himself and bear the weight of the massive chip he has on his shoulder. Something everyone deals with at some point.

Due to overcompensating, Cap makes rookie mistakes. His natural skill and years of training help him work his way through. And when that isn’t enough, he gets a strong Black woman to help him out.

The flashbacks of Sam’s upbringing are still very appropriate but should start to disappear as the series goes on. For right now, it’s a great tool to use for those unfamiliar.

Source: Keith Reid-Cleveland at

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Captain America (Marvel Comics)

Capt. America is an over-exaggerated parkour practitioner. It is possible to mimic his actions with a lot training in boxing and parkour.


Black Panther (Marvel Comics)

Like Iron man and Batman, Black Panther has wealth. Like Capt. America he is a martial artist and parkour practitioner. Any fighter in the real world willing to learn non-Asian fighting styles can be Black Panther.

Marvel Finally Gives Out More Details About ‘Black Panther’ Film

The upcoming Black Panther Marvel film has been shrouded in rumor and speculation, but Marvel has finally blessed its fans with some more confirmed information about the movie.

Marvel fans got their first look at the movie by getting to see the current concept art for the film at Marvel’s press conference Tuesday during an event at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CNET reports.

So far, it looks like Marvel won’t disappoint.

The movie art features the Black Panther looking incredibly strong, fierce and rather intimidating – just as he should be.

The artist has managed to capture the hero’s incredibly athletic and muscular build flawlessly and only time will tell if that same build is captured on screen.

In addition to releasing the movie art, Marvel finally gave insatiable fans a release date for the movie, but it’s still far too early for the countdown to begin.

Black Panther won’t be hitting theaters until November 2017.

That doesn’t mean fans won’t get to get a glimpse of the prince-turned-superhero before then.

Marvel had already previously announced that the Black Panther will have his introduction to Marvel’s big screen universe in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.

The new Captain America film is scheduled to hit theaters in May 2016.

Chadwick Boseman will take on the role of Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, but that doesn’t necessarily confirm his role for the actual solo film.

Producers behind the film will likely have a close eye on fans’ reactions to Boseman in the Captain America film.

It certainly will be a different role for Boseman, who has been taking on more historical roles lately.

He is best known for playing iconic baseball player Jackie Robinson in 42 and taking on the role of soul music legend James Brown in Get On Up.

Either way, Boseman doesn’t seem to be too nervous and said he’s excited about the upcoming projects.

“I’m blessed to be a part of this Marvel Universe, and to work with you both, and I look forward to making magic together,” Boseman said while he was on the stage with Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans who play Iron Man and Captain America, respectively.

Unfortunately, that’s about all the information fans were able to get out of the press conference, and there is still no confirmation about who will taking on the role of Doctor Strange.

Rumors have already attached Benedict Cumberbatch to the role, but Marvel has not responded to the rumors. reports that Cumberbatch is already in negotiations with the studio, but that also has not been confirmed by Marvel.

Cumberbatch is known for his roles in Sherlock in 2010, Star Trek Into the Darkness in 2013, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in 2013, and he will be starring in the upcoming Hobbit film as well as Penguins of Madagascar.

Meanwhile, Marvel also revealed an impressive roster of films that are scheduled to be released over the next few years.

In addition to Captain America: Civil War, fans can be on the lookout for Guardians of the Galaxy 2”to hit theaters in May 2017, Thor: Rangnarok to hit theaters on July 28, 2017, Captain Marvel to debut on July 6, 2018, Inhumans to hit theaters on Nov. 2, 2018, and Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 to hit theaters on May 4, 2018.

Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on May 3, 2019.