With "Captain America: Civil War," Spider-Man will make his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This comes after a dozen years, two different franchises and five "Spider-Man" feature films produced by Sony Pictures and is the result of a deal struck between Sony and Marvel Studios to share the wall-crawler. The news, announced in February 2015, came with the announcement that Spider-Man would get a new solo film set within Marvel Studios' Cinematic Universe.
Unlike the other Marvel Studios films released since Disney purchased Marvel in 2009, 2017's "Spider-Man" film will be released by Sony instead of Disney. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed more details about this deal to Collider during the "Captain America: Civil War" press day.
"We're working very much [together]," said Feige of Marvel Studios' relationship with Sony Pictures. "It is a -- I don't know exactly what the credits will be, but it is a Sony Pictures production of a Marvel Studios film. The agreement was that it is very much a Sony Pictures movie. Amy Pascal is co-producing it with us and [Sony Chairman] Tom Rothman is leading the charge for Sony and that we are the creative producers. We are the ones hiring the actor, introducing him in this film ['Civil War'], and then working right now on the script and soon to be shooting the actual Spidey film." Feige said that all attention is currently focused on "Civil War" and next year's "Spider-Man" standalone, with sequels not yet in motion.
One thing is for certain: Spider-Man's origin will not play a role in either "Civil War" or the still untitled Spider-Man film. Feige said that it's "safe to assume that everybody knows how Spider-Man became Spider-Man," specifically because it's been told in two other films already. "There are events that made Peter who he was, and we'll certainly allude to those events, but we're much more focused on his future and how he continues to grow and have a steep learning curve after, certainly, the adventure he had in 'Civil War' on how to be his own hero."
Spider-Man makes his debut in "Captain America: Civil War" on May 6. Directed by Jon Watts and starring Tom Holland and Zendaya, the solo "Spider-Man" film arrives in theaters on July 7, 2017.