10 Feb – Having sold the rights to the "Spider-Man" comic book back in 1999, Marvel was no longer involved with the famous spider-bitten hero as Sony has since obtained all the feature rights for it.
However, in an announcement made recently by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios, the two have entered a new partnership to revamp Sony Pictures' biggest franchise and bring the next "Spider-Man" movie to the big screen.
Marvel producer Kevin Feige will be producing along with Amy Pascal, who recently stepped down as Sony's co-chairman. As part of the revamp, the new Spider-Man will first be appearing in a Marvel movie, though there is no confirmation yet of which movie.
The partnership means there will be more potential cross-overs, with Spider-Man possibly even getting prominent spots in the Marvel Universe. Fans could very well be seeing the web-slinger as part of the Avengers soon or spot him in a cameo role in other future Marvel movies.
In an email leaked in the Sony hack attack at the end of 2014, it was revealed that Andrew Garfield will not be reprising the titular superhero role. The news has been confirmed as Sony and Marvel's announcement detailed that a new actor will be stepping in for the role.
The last time Spidey was seen shooting his webs on the big screen was in last year's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2", which is the lowest-grossing movie in the franchise as it only collected USD202.8 million worldwide. It grossed USD9.3 million in Malaysia and USD7.1 million in Singapore.
The next instalment in the "Spider-Man" franchise will swing into North American cinemas on 28 July 2017.