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It was recently announced that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have come to an agreement whereby each of them will share the film rights to the characters relating to Spider-man.

What are the details of this agreement, as in, who has creative control, distribution rights, and how can each party use the character? Additionally, what is currently known about the future of The Amazing Spider-man franchise?

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    There's a great Variety article that I think addresses all of this: variety.com/2015/film/news/… – Catija Feb 10 '15 at 8:57
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    @Pureferret or better approach will be to merge them. Flagged for merger. – Ankit Sharma Feb 10 '15 at 9:43
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    @Pureferret I don't think this needs closing - if anything, the older question is now out-of-date, as it is asking a question which is no longer applicable or relevant. This, however, is based on an event we know has occured, and is seeking further clarification on that agreement. – Dr R Dizzle Feb 10 '15 at 9:50
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    @NapoleonWilson - this is probably the trickiest merge request I've been asked to make, but I tend to agree that this question can stand on its own. The other question is more hypothetical, and could go further into what would be required to merge the franchises in terms of cast, storylines etc. – iandotkelly Feb 10 '15 at 23:26
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According to Variety's article, Spiderman Returns to Marvel; New Movie Coming in 2017:

Who has creative control, distribution rights?

Sony will continue to distribute, finance, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man pics.

How can each party use the character?

They’ll work with Marvel, owned by Disney, on how to weave Spider-Man’s character into Marvel’s upcoming superhero films, which includes the popular franchise “The Avengers.”

As Variety previously reported, Marvel plans on bringing the Civil War storyline from the comic books to launch the next phase of films. It’s very likely that Spider-Man will make his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War next year.

What is currently known about the future of The Amazing Spiderman franchise?

According to the announcement, Sony and Marvel will cast a new Spider-Man after Andrew Garfield starred in the last two films, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Tobey Maguire played Peter Parker in the previous three installments for Sony.

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