Spider-Man is to appear in an as-yet-unspecified Marvel film, Sony Pictures and Marvel have confirmed.

Spider-Man

Spider-Man

However, Sony Pictures will not be giving up the film rights to the character and still intends to release the next installment of its own franchise, following Spider-Man's Marvel debut.

Bob Iger, the chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, which owns Marvel Entertainment, commented: "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."

Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton said: "We always want to collaborate with the best and most successful filmmakers to grow our franchises and develop our characters.

"Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy [Pascal], who helped orchestrate this deal, are the perfect team to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man.

"This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans."

It's not yet been revealed who will play Spider-Man in his first Marvel outing, but in a statement, Sony referred to "the new Spider-Man", prompting speculation Andrew Garfield will not be returning to the role.


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