Spider-Man's arrival forces Marvel Studios to make lineup changes

Spider-Man with Avengers

It’s been rumored for awhile but now it’s official — Spider-Man is coming home — specifically to Marvel Studios.

Sony Pictures Entertainment has struck a deal that will see Spidey join the same cinematic universe as The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and most importantly The Infinity War.

And we won’t have all that long to wait as Spider-Man’s next big screen effort will hit theaters July 28, 2017. Sadly, Andrew Garfield won’t be back though as a new web-crawler will be cast.

Sony will continue to distribute, finance, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man pics, but that seems more like lip service. This will be the MS take on Spider-Man.

Black Panther conceptMore important are the repercussions to the Marvel schedule:

“Thor: Ragnorak,” planned for July 28, 2017, shifts to Nov. 3, 2017 while “Black Panther,” moves to July 6, 2017.

Marvel’s “Inhumans” gets bumped to summer 2019 while “Captain Marvel” moves back to Nov. 2018.

Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company said in a statement: “Spider-Man is one of Marvel’s great characters, beloved around the world. We’re thrilled to work with Sony Pictures to bring the iconic web-slinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which opens up fantastic new opportunities for storytelling and franchise building.”

Avengers-Spider-ManSo, with that news, Marvel’s flagship character can officially join its major film studio. Next up. Operation: Rescue the Fantastic 4!