Kevin Feige confirms Marvel Studios characters will join Sony's Spider-Man

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Apr 8, 2016, 4:24 PM EDT

We're now less than a month away from Captain America: Civil War, the next Marvel Cinematic Universe film, which will not only show us a new version of the comic-book clash between Captain America and Iron Man, but also give us the first appearance of Spider-Man (Tom Holland) in a Marvel Studios film. 

The appearance of Spidey in Marvel's big-screen universe -- which had to do without the webslinger for years to thanks to his film rights at Sony Pictures -- is one of the most exciting developments in superhero cinema we've seen since we first heard the words "Avengers Initiative" at the end of Iron Man in 2008. For years, Sony was determined to create its own Spider-Man universe, planning everything from a Venom flick to a Sinister Six team-up, but the underwhelming performance of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 gave Marvel an opening, and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige was able to cut a deal that would allow Peter Parker to join the Avengers on the big screen while Sony also plotted a new series of Spidey flicks with Feige in the producer's chair.

One big question remained, though: If Spider-Man's crossing over into Marvel's world, does that mean Marvel's heroes will also appear in Sony films? Apparently, the answer is yes.

“[Spider-Man] is in the universe now, and the fun of the universe is that characters go back and forth,” Feige told Entertainment Weekly.

Holland doesn't get his own Spider-Man movie until July of 2017, so it'll likely be quite a while before we find out which heroes might make appearances in his flicks. Those appearances will also depend at least somewhat on the aftermath of Civil War, which will divide Earth's Mightiest Heroes and, quite possibly, see one or more of them turn up dead. We do know because of trailers, though, that Spidey's at least somewhat friendly with Tony Stark, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Iron Man turn up on Parker's turf next year.

Sony's untitled Spider-Man film drops July 7, 2017. Captain America: Civil War arrives May 6. 

(Via EW)