A new deal has been struck between Marvel and Sony Pictures that will introduce a new web-slinger.
So, I wake up this morning, and find some major news that I've been waiting for, as well as many other Marvel and Spider-man fans. Spider-man can now join the other Marvel superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
In an announcement from Marvel, they say that under a new deal between them and Sony it means Spider-Man will first be appearing in a Marvel movie from the MCU. Following that first appearance Spidey will then appear in his own standalone instalment on 28th July 2017 in a movie co-produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal.
Kevin Feige has produced all of those Marvel movies you've seen (and probably loved), from Iron Man, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, and the list goes on. Amy Pascal first help launched the MCU 13 years ago.
Sony isn't giving up the rights to Spider-Man however, they've basically just struck a deal to allow the web-slinger to appear in Marvel movies, and will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the standalone Spider-Man films.
Marvel and Sony are said to also be looking at opportunities for other MCU characters to appear in future Spider-Man movies.
There is no word on who will be playing Spider-Man as part of this new MCU integration, as Marvel do refer to him as "the new Spider-Man", so it appears Andrew Garfield who plays the superhero in the latest movies won't return. However, we think this now means we can start to speculate, which is always a fun part of upcoming movie castings.
We also would hazard a guess that the new Spider-Man may show up in Captain America: Civil War, which is due for release in May 2016, so there is plenty of time to find the new web-head until then.