Last night, the Internet was rocked by the news that Marvel and Sony Pictures have finally teamed up on a deal that will allow Spider-Man to mingle with the other characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Under the deal, this new Spider-Man (sorry, Andrew Garfield) will make his debut in a Marvel Studios film (most likely Captain America: Civil War) and then return to Sony for his own new film (co-produced by Marvel's Kevin Feige), which will be released on July 28, 2017.
Now, if that date sounds familiar to you, it's because Marvel Studios announced back in October that Thor: Ragnarok would be coming out then. Of course, that was before Spidey was welcomed into the fold, so now Marvel's doing a little bit of tinkering with its calendar. After the Spider-Man announcement last night, the studio revealed that four of its Phase Three films now have new release dates. Since the next Spider-Man flick will hit July 28, 2017, Ragnarok will move from that date to Nov. 3, 2017, a date previously occupied by Black Panther. So Black Panther will now move to July 6, 2018, the previously announced release date for Captain Marvel. Captain Marvel will shift to Nov. 2, 2018, and Marvel's Inhumans will move from that date to July 12, 2019. The Infinity War parts one and two release dates of May 4, 2018, and May 3, 2019, get to stay, for now.
So, our new Marvel Studios calendar looks like this:
Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1, 2015
Ant-Man - July 17, 2015
Captain America: Civil War - May 6, 2016
Doctor Strange - November 4, 2016
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - May 5, 2017
Untitled Spider-Man film - July 28, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok - November 3, 2017
Avengers: Infinity War Part I - May 4, 2018
Black Panther - July 6, 2018
Captain Marvel - November 2, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War Part II - May 3, 2019
Inhumans - July 12, 2019
So, that's now 12 movies over the next five years, and that's not even counting TV, Netflix and any other surprises Marvel might have up its sleeve. After all, the studio pulled off getting Spider-Man back. What will they come up with next?