It was one of the most enticing bits of news to come out of the Sony e-mail hack: Marvel and Sony had deep discussions about introducing Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel badly wanted Spider-Man to be a part of ‘Captain America: Civil War’, but despite the best intentions from all parties, a deal was never struck and progress was reset back to square one. But, has hope been restored? A new report suggests that Marvel and Sony returned to the negotiating table and have struck a deal for Spidey to make his spectacular debut in ‘Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1’.

Nothing has been confirmed, but Latino Review is reporting that “the Sony deal went through” and that, while it’s too late for Spider-Man to appear in ‘Civil War’ as anything other than a post-credits scene cameo, he would appear in the first installment of ‘Infinity War’. The rest of their report is filled with some MAJOR spoilers, we’ll issue a very sizable warning right now for anyone who doesn’t want to know the events of ‘Civil War’, ‘Thor 3’ and ‘Infinity War’.


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This is all fairly juicy (and unsubstantiated) stuff. It all harks back to an earlier rumor we reported back in October; that ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ would feature an all-new lineup, minus the usual heavy-hitters like Iron Man, Captain America and Thor. So, where are those guys and why can’t they be bothered to show up in an ‘Avengers’ movie?

According to the Latino Review report, Cap is dead, Thor’s imprisoned and Iron Man has gone M.I.A. With all the major players sidelined, the Avengers need a new leader, and that’s where Spider-Man comes in. He’d join heroes like Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Vision and Captain Marvel to form the New Avengers, who hold down the fort until ‘Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2’ when our guys make their triumphant return to defeat Thanos.

It all sounds very…possible? Exciting? Insane? Just pick your adjective and it applies.

But, here’s the issue: this deal fell apart once, and it could very easy fall apart again. There’s a lot of different contractual and monetary issues at play here that need to be worked out between two massive companies. And, even if it does (or did) happen, it’s something Marvel would want to keep secret for as long as possible (likely until Comic-Con—can you imagine the reaction there if Spidey walks on stage?), so we might not get confirmation for months.

There’s a lot of other juicy items in that report (How does Cap die? Why is Thor in jail?) that you can read over at Latino Review, and we encourage you to do that if you’re not a spoilerphobe.

‘Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1’ opens in theaters on May 4, 2018.

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