Spider-Man Confirmed for Avengers 4; Marvel's Role in Spinoffs Explained


It's official: Spider-Man will show up for the fourth "Avengers" film, which will follow the events of "Avengers: Infinity War." Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter and other reporters, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man will swing into "Avengers 4" and also clarified Marvel's involvement with Sony's upcoming "Spider-Man" spinoffs.

According to Feige, Spidey is slated for "Spider-Man: Homecoming," which releases in July; "Avengers: Infinity War" on May 4, 2018; the fourth "Avengers" film in May 2019; and the as-yet-untitled "Spider-Man: Homecoming" sequel, which arrives in July 2019. Beyond that, Spider-Man's future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is unclear.

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“That’s as far as it goes for now,” Feige revealed. Notably, he said "for now," which implies that there's room for Spider-Man's place in the MCU to grow, should Marvel Studios and Sony come to future agreements about the property.

Feige also weighed in on "Venom" and "Black Cat and Silver Sable," Sony's upcoming "Spider-Man" spinoff films. Per Feige, Marvel Studios isn't involved in either of those films. "We had a very particular plan about Spidey himself," he explained. However, those plans don't seem to include these important supporting characters from the "Spider-Man" comics.

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Feige's statement echoes that of "Spider-Man: Homecoming" director Jon Watts, who revealed that "Venom" won't be connected to the MCU in an earlier interview: "[‘Venom’ is] not connected to the Marvel world, so that’s really intriguing… what that will be.” As the president of Marvel Studios, Feige's latest comment seems to put a nail in the coffin of the idea that Venom, Black Cat or Silver Sable could show up in Spidey's solo films.

For almost twenty years, Spider-Man's film rights have remained solely with Sony, which churned out two "Spider-Man" series starring Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield respectively. However, shortly after "Amazing Spider-Man 2" flopped, Sony announced a deal with Marvel Studios that allowed the character to appear in the MCU. Tom Holland's Spidey made his MCU debut with "Captain America: Civil War" and, as outlined above, will appear in several more MCU installments in addition to two solo films.

Directed by Jon Watts (“Clown”), written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (“Vacation”) and starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya, Donald Glover and many, many others, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” swings into theaters on July 7, 2017.

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