It’s been a whirlwind when it comes to the news and subsequent confusion regarding the place of the Venom and Black Cat movies. Sony producer Amy Pascal and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige have been making their press rounds this weekend to promote the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Fandango’s Managing Editor, Erik Davis, spoke with both of them and they confirmed that, while Venom and the Silver and Black movies will be a part of the Marvel comics universe, they will not be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
You can read the tweets below.
FYI: Just spoke w/ Amy Pascal & Kevin Feige who clarified that Venom, Black Cat, etc are in the Marvel comics universe but not the MCU
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) June 25, 2017
Pascal said she was itching to clarify that after the story this week. Those other movies will not take place in the MCU
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) June 25, 2017
*When speaking with ComicBook.com, this was what Pascal had to say:
“Here’s what we’re doing: all these characters are a part of the Marvel comic book universe. In that universe, they are all related to each other. Kevin [Feige] makes characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These characters are separate, except for Spidey, who belongs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is why he’s there.”
This still doesn’t answer the question of whether Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will be appearing in the Venom movie, for example, or if both films will exist within the Homecoming universe and how that could affect the characters moving forward. For now, it seems the Spider-Man: Homecoming is the central movie and that Venom, Black Cat, and Silver Sable will not appear in any of the other Marvel films.
Spider-Man: Homecoming has been receiving praise so far and Feige confirmed earlier this weekend that its sequel will be coming after part two of Avengers: Infinity War.
Directed by Jon Watts, Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Tony Revolori, Kenneth Choi, Hannibal Buress, Abraham Attah, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.
A young Peter Parker (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released in theaters on July 7, 2017.
*This story was updated to reflect Pascal’s direct quote.
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…