Although it dragged its feet with casting, Marvel Studios is finally going to be introducing Spider-Man into its connected Cinematic Universe. With the iconic superhero going in a decidedly younger direction for his third big-screen debut, the studio’s president, Kevin Feige, is sharing his thoughts on what a big moment this is for comic book fans. 

As previously reported, Spider-Man was sold from Marvel to Sony years ago, before Marvel even had a movie studio. Sony made five movies featuring the character, but none were met with any widespread fan demand like, say, “The Avengers.” Now, thanks to a deal cut between the two studios, Spider-Man can appear in Marvel’s connected universe. For the first time Peter Parker will exist on the big screen with some of his Marvel comics allies, something that Feige says was meant to happen for the character all along.

“Making that agreement ... was great, and was really amazing, and on a personal level making these movies, it means a lot because I think we can do great things with Spider-Man," Feige told reporters at a Q&A while promoting the Blu-Ray release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (via IGN). "I think Spider-Man can serve great purpose in our universe and that's where he belongs. That was what was unique about him in the comics was not that he was the only superhero in the world; it's that he was a totally different kind of superhero when compared against all the other ones in the Marvel universe at the time."

It would seem that Feige has lofty plans for Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Luckily, the team working to bring Spider-Man into the MCU has found a world-class talent to be the next Peter Parker. It was previously reported that Marvel and Sony had tapped “Wolf Hall” actor Tom Holland to play the role. Marvel made the casting announcement in June, and news later broke that the actor would be introduced in the 2016 film “Captain America: Civil War.” 

“Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world,” Sony Senior Producer Amy Pascal said in a statement. “With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”