“No Plan” for VENOM in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige says the studio has “no plans” to utilize one of Spider-Man’s most famous foes.
When Sony Pictures struck a deal with Disney-owned Marvel Studios that would allow Spider-Man to be incorporated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe — home to Iron Man, Captain America, the Avengers, and the Guardians of the Galaxy — there were certain caveats attached: Marvel would produce Spider-Man: Homecoming and other Spidey solo adventures, with Sony retaining the distribution rights (and the profits). Marvel, in exchange, gets to use the web-slinging superhero in their own productions without Sony’s involvement — with Spider-Man (Tom Holland) already set to appear in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4.
Sony, apparently getting first dibs on Spidey’s large catalogue of supporting characters, recently announced Venom — a long-gestating Spider-Man spinoff that will launch “Sony’s Marvel Universe,” a universe comprised of Spider-Man supporting characters and villains, but one that doesn’t include the actual webhead himself. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) will direct, with Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, The Revenant) starring as Eddie Brock, a man who gains spider-like abilities after bonding with an alien symbiote.
“For now, there is no plan for Venom in the MCU,” Feige told AlloCine. “It’s a Sony project.”
Sony is also setting up Silver & Black, another Spidey-less movie starring Silver Sable and Black Cat. Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) will direct. Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Animation’s big screen, animated Spider-Man movie — starring teen Miles Morales (voice of Shameik Moore) as the black-and-red-suited Spider-Man — hits theaters December 14th, 2018. Spider-Man: Homecoming, creatively produced by Marvel Studios and set firmly in the shared Marvel Cinematic Universe, stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr, and is in theaters July 7th.