Spider-Man: Homecoming is the result of the landmark deal between Marvel Studios and Sony that has allowed the wall crawler to exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, while plans for webs slinger currently involve five films within the MCU, Sony is moving forward with their own separate cinematic universe featuring supporting Spider-Man characters. In an interview with Fandango, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Sony’s Amy Pascal reaffirmed that the Venom and Black Cat and Silver Sable films will remain separate from the MCU and discussed the possibility of involving Marvel Studios in the Sony-produced projects.
Pascal once again clarified that Venom and Black Cat and Silver Sable will not be part of the MCU:
“All the characters are a part of the Marvel comic book universe. They’re all interrelated in that universe. Spider-Man is now a part of the MCU, as he was created to be in the beginning. The other things that Sony is doing, which are characters from the Marvel comic universe, are independent separate franchises, both Venom and Silver Sable and Black Cat.”
Believing that audiences are aware of which films exist in the same universe and which ones are separate, Feige added:
“Nobody confuses Lego Batman and Batman v. Superman. And even Logan and Deadpool are definitively not MCU, but definitively awesome movies based on Marvel characters.”
Pascal also addressed the possibility of working with Feige again when asked if Marvel Studios would ever be asked to produced Sony’s Marvel films:
“I don’t know about that but if I could work with Kevin all the time, I would. Kevin has been working with us on Spider-Man movies from the very beginning. He didn’t open his mouth for the first four years when he worked for Avi [Arad], and little did I know what was underneath all that.”
Until Sony’s own cinematic kicks-off, audiences can watch the latest version of Spider-Man when his first standalone film in the MCU swings into theaters this week.
Directed by Jon Watts, the film stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Michael Chernus, Kenneth Choi, Hannibal Buress, Martin Starr, Michael Barbieri, Angourie Rice, Abraham Attah, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released in theaters on July 7, 2017.
5 Ways Venom Could Show Up In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Even before Sony lent Spider-Man to Marvel Studios, there was talk about Sony doing their own spin-off films focusing on characters they owned, including both heroes and villains. The end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 even teased a possible Sinister Six film. Many thought that Venom, one of Spider Man’s most popular villains, would also get his own film. Although he appeared in Sam Rami’s Spider-Man 3, Venom was less than well received. If anyone could use a character redemption, it was Eddie Brock.
Those hopes seemed to dash after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was deemed a failure and Sony’s future with the Spider-Man character seemed uncertain. It seemed as if the movie gods smiled on fans as Sony worked out a partnership with Marvel Studios, which allowed Spider-Man to appear in Marvel Cinematic Universe films. Spider-Man’s first appearance in the MCU was in Captain America: Civil War and actor Tom Holland’s performance as the wall-crawler was universally praised.
But Sony’s not done doing their own thing. It was announced that a movie featuring Silver Sable and Black Cat was in the works. It was then revealed that Tom Hardy is attached to play Venom in another project. Marvel Studios has previously said that these projects would be based at Sony and exist outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, Amy Pascal recently said that the Silver Sable and Black Cat film, as well as Venom, are set within the same universe as Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Did she let something slip, or was this wishful thinking on her part? Either way, that led us here at Heroic Hollywood to think of ways that Venom could be incorporated into and show up in the MCU. Click Next to take a look…