In what is possibly the biggest news since Disney acquired Lucasfilm, it was confirmed today that Spider-man is finally joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will soon be fighting side by side on screen, with the likes of Iron Man, Thor and Captain America. With all the rumours circulating the internet over the past few weeks, it shouldn’t really be that much of a surprise. Yet part of me still can’t quite believe the two companies came to a mutual agreement over the iconic character. Many feel that Sony needed to save face from the recent hacking scandal, and to make back some money after the leaking of several films online, selling the movies rights of Spider-man to Marvel/Disney would see the company recouping some of those losses. While that isn’t what is happening, what they are essentially doing is the next best thing. A Marvel produced Spider-man movie will make some serious profit at the box office. Marvel has a proven track record – while formulaic, their films are almost, always enjoyable (Iron Man 2 the exception). According to the press release, Marvel will introduce Spider-man in an already planned film (most likely Captain America: Civil War – we’re also keeping our fingers crossed for some sort of reference in a post credit sting in Avengers Age of Ulton, however unlikely). From there, Marvel will produce a Spider-man movie for Sony Pictures. Sadly, this means Andrew Garfield is almost certainly out as Peter Parker – which is a shame because as far as I’m concerned, he was the least of the films problems. As for the other planned spin-off movies, Sony is reportedly considering their options. None the less, this is an exciting time to be a Marvel fan. The already packed phase 3 slate of Marvel movies just got a whole lot more epic. See the Marvel press release here.