shares Following years of hopeful rumours, speculations and violent fan reactions, today Marvel announced that they will be working together with Sony to not only produce any and all upcoming Spider-Man related movies, but also include ol’ webhead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Effectively announcing a new series of films, this new deal will introduce Spidey in a movie by Marvel Studios (set in the MCU!) before Sony proceeds with their own entries into the franchise by way of an untitled project that has already been slated for a July 28, 2017 release. Bringing together the talents of Marvel Studio’s (a.k.a. the MCU’s big daddy) Kevin Feige and Spider-Man veteran producer Amy Pascal, this new franchise will still be financed, distributed and owned by Sony Entertainment. Related: Sony Hack Reveals A Web of Hope! With Spider-Man being Sony Entertainment’s biggest franchise to date (the 5 movies have brought in over US$4 billion for the studio), it’s no surprise that, while Sony is unwilling to give up their rights to the lucrative brand, they would be more than happy to share a slice of what could only be an ever-growing pie. To put it in perspective: Disney bought the whole of Marvel Entertainment for the same amount that Spider-Man has earned Sony thus far. With the unveiling of this new Marvel-Sony relationship, only X-Men and Fantastic 4 remain to be out of the MCU’s jurisdiction… Your move, Fox.