After months of speculation, Marvel has finally confirmed that Spider-Man will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to a new deal struck between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures. Sony will finance, distribute and own the Spidey solo films, along with retaining final creative control. Marvel will get to put Spider-Man in a still unnamed Marvel Studios film ahead of co-producing his first MCU solo feature, due out on July 28, 2017.
"Thor: Ragnarok" previously had that July date, meaning that every MCU film other than the "Avengers" ones has been bumped back to accommodate the Spider-Man solo outing. "Thor: Ragnarok" has moved to Nov. 3, 2017. "Black Panther" will now be released on July 6, 2018. "Captain Marvel" moves to Nov. 2, 2018 and "Inhumans" will shift to July 12, 2019.
The Wrap has reported that Andrew Garfield is not expected to continue on as Spider-Man in the new Marvel films.
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
TV Insider has revealed that Jaimie Alexander will return to "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." later this season as the Asgardian warrior Sif. The episode will deal with Sif's short term memory loss as well as a still unrevealed villain who is expected to have powers equal to that of the Asgardian.
Ming-Na Wen has been hard at work on the "S.H.I.E.L.D." set and she's been posting pics of herself with cast members to Twitter. Here's a picture of her with Henry Simmons, who plays Mack, and another with upcoming guest star Blair Underwood.
- Ming-Na Wen (@MingNa) February 5, 2015
Returns in March on ABC
The CW has posted a featurette that goes behind the scenes of this week's "Arrow" episode, "Canaries." The clip features new footage of Caity Lotz's return as Sara Lance and an interview with executive producer Marc Guggenheim.
Airs Wednesdays on the CW
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
W Magazine has an interview with Scarlett Johansson where the actress discusses her initial decision to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the future of Black Widow.
"People were surprised that I wanted to play a comic book heroine," said Johansson of her decision to play Black Widow in "Iron Man 2." "But I loved 'Iron Man,' and I met with Marvel to see what was possible. I had done my research, and the Black Widow character resonated with me. She is dark and has faced death so many times that she has a deep perspective on the value of life. In the sequel, you learn more about the sadness in her past... I think of her that way [like a classic heroine]. Black Widow is a superhero, but she's also human. She's small, but she's strong. It's hard not to admire her... She packs a big punch... We all try to fight the forces of evil. Like Black Widow, you have to keep trying. The challenge is always there."
Opens May 1
Ahead of its season -- and possibly series -- finale this Friday, NBC has released a trailer for the "Constantine" episode titled "Waiting For the Man."
Airs Fridays on NBC
Instagram account punkd_images has snapped a photo of "Walking Dead" alum Emily Kinney on the set of "The Flash." The caption says that Kinney will play lesser-known Flash rogue Bug-Eyed Bandit, although this has yet to be confirmed by the CW.
The CW has released a behind the scenes featurette focusing on Firestorm and tonight's origin episode titled "The Nuclear Men."
Airs Tuesdays on the CW
You can check out a recap of last night's episode, "The Scarecrow" over on Spinoff. You can check out a promo for next week's installment, "The Blind Fortune Teller," below. In case you need any convincing to watch the clip, it does feature a big Joker tease.
Fox has also released pictures from the upcoming "Red Hood" episode of "Gotham." You can check out a few of them below and the rest elsewhere on CBR.
THE WALKING DEAD
"The Walking Dead's" return on Sunday night drew 15.6 million viewers, according to the Hollywood Reporter. For more about the show's return, AMC has posted a few behind-the-scenes videos about the episode.
Airs Sundays on AMC
With filming on "Apocalypse" starting up soon, director Bryan Singer has posted a teaser photo of a familiar set of doors to his Instagram account.
While speaking with Oregon Live, Patrick Stewart dropped a few hints about both his and Ian McKellen's future with the X-Men franchise.
"Yes, I understand that it seems to be very unlikely that I will be in the next 'X-Men' movie, which is almost getting ready to start shooting in Montreal," Stewart told Oregon Live. "But Magneto, Ian McKellen, is certainly going to be in it."
Stewart also dropped a hint about his next outing as Professor X. "And what I'm very excited about is that we have been talking about a Wolverine movie, which would team Hugh Jackman and myself together. Wolverine and Professor Xavier. That would be a very different sort of 'X-Men' from the four movies that I've already done."
Opens May 27, 2016