Although the cinematic Spider-Man will soon be at home with Marvel, it’s important to remember that the House of Ideas didn’t get him back outright. Spider’s inclusion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the result of a deal struck between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures earlier this year. Although details on the deal are vague, the end result was Sony abandoning their Amazing Spider-Man series in favor of letting their prized possession spin webs in Marvel’s blockbuster franchise. Actor Tom Holland will make his MCU debut as Spider-Man cameoing in Captain America: Civil War, and now we’ve learned that other Marvel characters could show up in the Web-Slinger’s territory.

While talking extensively about next month’s Ant-Man with THR, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed that the studio’s deal with Sony allows for other Marvel characters to show up in a Spider-Man solo film. Feige said:
Specifics of the story aside, the agreement that has been made between Sony and Marvel is that we could do that.

Keep in mind that just because this is a possibility doesn’t mean it will necessarily happen. The second and third Captain America movies aside, most of the MCU solo movies don’t feature other Marvel heroes in a major capacity, and Spider-Man’s rogues gallery is so big that they don’t need to borrow other villains. Since the solo film is taking place after Captain America: Civil War, it’s almost guaranteed we will get references to that film and other corners of the MCU, but will another hero, villain or important supporting character peek their head in while Spidey is swinging across New York City? We’ll have to wait and see

A rumor earlier in the year said that the solo Spider-Man film would feature Iron Man fighting Spidey, which would have led to an audition to see if Peter was worthy of joining the Avengers. That was never confirmed, but thanks to Feige’s clarification, at least we know it wouldn’t be impossible to do. Depending on how much influence in being drawn from the 616 universe (i.e. Marvel’s main continuity) and the Ultimate universe, Sony could take a page from the latter and have Nick Fury check in on the teen hero. After all, this is a Peter Parker that’s still in the early phase of his crimefighting career, and since Samuel L. Jackson wasn’t called back for Captain America: Civil War, it would be cool if Fury got to play a role in Peter’s life, and now that the one-eyed badass is working directly with the Avengers, presumably his relationship with the Wall-Crawler would be more positive than his comic book counterpart’s originally was.

The Spider-Man solo film, helmed by Cop Car’s Jon Watts, will hit theaters on July 28, 2017.

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