New SPIDER-MAN, VENOM, and “Sony Marvel Universe” Details
As we close in on the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming — produced by Marvel Studios but distributed by Sony Pictures — Jeff Sneider of The Tracking Board has revealed intriguing new details from the web now connecting Disney-owned Marvel Studios and Sony.
Sneider took to Twitter to share that Spider-Man star Tom Holland is signed for three Spider-Man movies (Holland recently confirmed his own trilogy), adding that he could “pop up in Sony’s spinoffs, and possibly more Marvel movies beyond [Avengers: Infinity War].” We already knew that Holland would be taking part in Avengers: Infinity War (in theaters May 2018) and Avengers 4 (in theaters May 2019), in addition to returning for a second Spider-Man movie, already slated for a July 5th, 2019 release.
If it’s true that Holland could show up in Sony’s spinoffs — the studio currently has Venom and Silver & Black in the pipeline, both apparently being made without Marvel Studios involvement — it would seemingly confirm that Marvel Studios’ Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Sony Marvel Universe are actually one and the same instead of separate entities. Sony first coined the phrase “Sony Marvel Universe” when announcing Venom with director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and star Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road).
Just last week, Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige revealed that “there is no plan for Venom in the MCU,” adding that “it’s a Sony project.” Shortly afterwards, Spider-Man: Homecoming producer (and former Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman) Amy Pascal spoke as though the universes, previously believed separate, were one and the same:
“Well, those movies will all take place in the world that we’re now creating for Peter Parker. They’ll be adjuncts to it, they may be different locations, but it will still all be in the same world and they will be connected to each other as well,” Pascal said of Venom and Silver & Black, which will team up Spider-Man supporting characters Silver Sable and Black Cat. When asked if Holland’s Spider-Man would appear in the films, Pascal said “there’s always a chance.”
Sneider also shared that Carnage — in the comics, a serial killer who becomes attached to an alien symbiote even more dangerous and powerful than the inky symbiote bonded to Eddie Brock aka Venom — would be the villain in the Venom movie, said to be R-rated. Longtime Spider-Man foes Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio “will appear in other projects,” according to Sneider, though it’s unclear if there are plans for the Sinister Six members to appear in Marvel Studios or Sony Pictures productions.
The reporter further reveals Michael Keaton, who makes his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as the villainous Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming, only has a deal for one movie. This doesn’t mean Keaton couldn’t possibly show up in future movies (after extending his initial Marvel contract, Robert Downey Jr. is tapped on a film-by-film basis).
Downey Jr., who co-stars as Tony Stark / Iron Man in Homecoming, won’t be in the next Spider-Man, per Sneider, who says “Holland will be joined by another Marvel-owned character under terms of Sony deal.”
“You have three studios that came together to have [Spider-Man: Homecoming] being made,” Pascal said previously of the Marvel / Sony deal that allowed Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. “No studio likes to share anything with anyone, let alone three studios. And truthfully—there is nothing cynical I can find in this statement—everybody did it because they wanted Spider-Man to be great. Truly, it was because Spider-Man is great, the character is great and people love him. That’s good for Disney. That’s good for Marvel. And that is certainly good for Sony.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr., swings into theaters July 7th.