Rumor: Spider-Man Joins Marvel Universe in 'Avengers: Infinity War'?
Last year, in the midst of the Sony Pictures hack, there were several movie news stories that surfaced due to the materials obtained from the motion picture studio. One of the most interesting revelations was that Marvel Studios had been talking with Sony Pictures about getting Spider-Man to appear in Captain America: Civil War. The webslinger is an integral part of that comic book storyline and his presence on the big screen would have been huge, but talks fell apart, and while the character could still have a cameo, he won't have a huge role if something can be worked out. But that doesn't mean Marvel has given up on geting Spidey into the Marvel cinematic universe in a big way if a big, new rumor is to be believed. More below!
Latino Review, who gets a lot of superhero scoops (many accurate), is saying that Spider-Man will enter the Marvel cinematic universe in The Avengers: Infinity War - Part I. The explanation as to why this makes sense and how it will jive with the rest of Phase Three is pretty spoiler-filled, so if you want those details, you can read them over there. But we've already talked about how there will be a new team introduced at the end of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it sounds like Thor: Ragnarok and Captain America: Civil War will have a huge impact on the trajectories of most of the original Avengers, so it would stand to reason that at the beginning of The Avengers: Infinity War - Part I, the original team isn't around.
And that's where Spider-Man would come into play. If fans have any doubt that a new team of heroes, one that might be without Iron Man, Thor, Captain America or Hulk for one reason or another, then Marvel bringing one of their most popular characters of all-time into their cinematic universe for the first time would certainly help out the two-part film coming in 2018 and 2019. And as you might remember, any future Marvel deal that involves Spider-Man will not involve Andrew Garfield and will be a new version of the character, without a new origin story being told (thank goodness).
This is a pretty huge rumor, so take it all with a grain of salt. There's been plenty of Marvel rumors that haven't panned out, if only because some of them surface too early and the plan changes, or new ideas come along, but considering what we heard about the negotiations between Marvel and Sony, this doesn't seem farfetched at all. But until then, we still have a lot of movies to get through. The Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives on May 1st this summer, but The Avengers: Infinity War - Part I doesn't arrive until 2018. Stay tuned for any new Marvel updates.