Yeah, when I say huge rumor I mean Empire State Building huge. The rumor states that Sony and Marvel have reached a deal to include Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, more specifically Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 which releases in 2018.
We all know this is the crossover that’s been talked about for a long time as far as Marvel properties are concerned. More recently, the Sony leaked e-mails reveal the two studios have been discussing a way to have Spider-Man appear along side the Avengers, with Marvel co-producing a new slate of Spidey films (not including Andrew Garfield). Those discussions once again almost led to a deal being made with Spider-Man appearing in Captain America: Civil War, however there wasn’t enough time left before production starts for Civil War in a couple months.
So there’s no doubt this crossover is on the minds of Sony and Marvel. However, do not believe the movie sites/blogs reporting this is official. The report comes from Latino-Review, who are about as reliable with their reports/claims, as Lebron James is with game winning shots (every now & then). That doesn’t mean it won’t happen eventually, and that I don’t want to see this become reality anymore than you do.
There’s no doubt that the Avengers roster will be different by the end of Age of Ultron, with rumors claiming Captain America leads a new team into his next film Civil War. By the time Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 happens, we won’t know who will be left by then, with Civil War and Thor: Ragnorok promising destruction and death. I could see Spider-Man coming in to give fans some excitement and familiarity when some of the characters we’ve grown to love are missing in action.
Knowing how Marvel Studios is with rumors and speculations, they won’t be confirming any truth to this report anytime soon. Don’t forget Sony still has plans with their current Spider-Man franchise, with Sinister Six villain focused film releasing in November 11, 2016. Could an agreement have been made at Sony’s Spidey Summit this month to have Marvel co-produce? As for the Avengers roster shifting… We’ll have to see how this all starts to play out when Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1, 2015