The Marvel Cinematic Universe, the superhero-movie juggernaut created by Joss Whedon and led by director Joss the first time around, has done more than any other movie franchise to bring the world’s biggest and baddest heroes together.
From the most recent reboot to the latest live-action movie, the MCU has had a hand in everything from the Fantastic Four to Thor and Iron Man, and the fact that it has kept the franchise running is no small feat.
But as Marvel Studios and Sony continue to expand their cinematic universe, it’s been clear that the movies that have come out of the studio’s doors over the past several years haven’t been nearly as successful as the ones that were planned in the early 2000s.
And with a reboot scheduled for 2019, that is about to change.
While the first Avengers film was a box office disappointment, the second movie that came out of Marvel’s first-ever production was a hit and a critical success.
The third movie, which was released a year later, was a bit of a flop.
And now, the studio is planning to reboot one of its most popular movies, Spider-man, with a vengeance.
In a press conference Thursday, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed that the studio was planning to film the fourth and final movie in the series in 2019, a move that would be followed by two films in 2020.
“Spider-man will be the first film to be fully reimagined and rebooted,” Feige said, “and it will be an epic adventure that we’ve been talking about for some time.”
“It’s a very important story, and it’s one that we really wanted to tell,” he added.
“So we’re taking a very hard look at the Marvel Cinematics Universe and, to some extent, the Spider Universe.
We’re not just going to be building it up again, but taking it out of it.
And I think that will be a very exciting thing.”
As for the first Spider-book, the original is set to arrive in 2019 and will star Ben Affleck as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and Tobey Maguire as the character’s web-slinger Aunt May.
The film will be set in a future where Parker’s parents, Ben and Mary, are dead, leaving the young Peter to live with his Aunt May (Lily James) and her adopted brother, Ben.
The movie will be directed by Marc Webb, who previously helmed the first two Spider-books, as well as writers David Goyer (The Dark Knight Returns, Man of Steel) and Jon Watts (X-Men Origins: Wolverine).
The other actors who will be making their Spider-movie debuts are Miles Morales (Spider-Gwen), Miles Morales as the original Spidey, Ben Reilly (Spiderman 2), Ben Reilly as Miles Morales, and Dan Slott (Gwen Stacy).
The film’s plot will also be set before the events of the first movie, but will be largely unchanged, with the addition of a new villain.
Marvel is also planning to make another cameo appearance from a very famous superhero from the comics, as a member of the original cast of The Avengers, Nick Fury.
Feige also said that the movie will introduce new villains like the Vision and a new ally to the team, which will be introduced in 2020: Vision (Liam Hemsworth) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).
He also said the team will be reunited in 2018 with the new members of the MC5, including Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jeremy Renner, and Michael Keaton.
The studio is also working on a third Spider-film, The Sinister Six, but the movie is not expected to hit theaters until 2021.
The Sin-Eater is currently scheduled to hit theatres in 2019.