Spider-Man is officially going to part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
A brief background story may be required for some of our readers. Sony owns the rights to Spider-Man and have since the movie franchise took off with Toby Maguire. This unfortunately meant that no reference to Spider-Man could be made in a Marvel movie, as they simply did not own the rights. However, now a deal has been announced between Sony Pictures and Marvel that will see a new version of the web slinger appear in an as-yet-unspecified movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — the same universe that contains Iron Man, Thor, and the rest of the Avengers.
It would be logical that we see him in Captain America: Civil War as he plays such an important role in that comic book.
The agreement doesn't mean that Sony is giving up the movie rights to the character. In fact, they are gaining some rights in the process. The studio will continue to finance, distribute, own, and have "final creative control" of standalone Spider-Man films, but Marvel Studios will be coming in to co-produce the next entry, now slated for July 28th, 2017. Sony Pictures said it was also "exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe into future Spider-Man films."
The downside is, of course, that a new actor will be selected to play Spider-Man in the upcoming Marvel role. We, however, would LOVE to see Andrew Garfield take up the role. Whether or not he will continue as Spider-Man at all is unclear, but it is likely he won't be put in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel has changed their entire schedule in the wake of the news, fitting the untitled new Spider-Man film where the next Thor film had originally been scheduled. While it's not clear who will be playing Spider-Man in his first Marvel Cinematic Universe appearance, in a statement Sony does refer to him as "the new Spider-Man,". Should we get an entirely new Spider-Man, it'd be the third movie reboot in fifteen years for the superhero.