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VENOM Part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Days after Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige said Disney-owned Marvel Studios had “no plans” to use Venom in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Homecoming producer (and former co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment) Amy Pascal has provided new and conflicting information.

When asked about Venom and Silver & Black — two spinoffs planned by Sony, focusing on villain / anti-hero Venom and female anti-heroes Silver Sable and Black Cat, respectively — Pascal complicated the situation.

“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 told Filmstarts. “There’s always a chance,” Pascal answered when asked if Spider-Man (Tom Holland) could appear in the films.

It should be noted that Feige — who oversees the Marvel Cinematic Universe — seems to be visibly confused by Pascal’s comments. In 2015, Disney and Sony came to an agreement that would allow Spider-Man to take part in the shared Marvel universe, with Sony retaining the Spider-Man screen rights and loaning the character out for Marvel’s use. (Marvel Studios produced Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is only distributed by Sony; Spider-Man is also confirmed to appear in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, both produced solely by Marvel Studios.)

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“It’s a Sony project,” Feige said when recently asked if Venom had any connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony, in announcing the project, declared Venom kicks off the “Sony Marvel Universe,” and with conflicting comments from Feige and Pascal, it’s currently unclear if Sony’s universe will include Spidey — if they’re able to use him at all.

One would think that Disney wouldn’t enter into a deal that would allow external sources (like Sony) to influence or affect their shared universe of films, so diligently constructed by Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios since the release of Iron Man in 2008. A Spider-Man spinoff universe that doesn’t include Spider-Man is strange enough, but Sony piggybacking on the Marvel Cinematic Universe — if Pascal’s comments are to be believed — is even stranger. It would be fair to disqualify anything not made with Marvel Studios’ active involvement as an actual part of the shared universe, inhabited by such characters as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans).

Spider-Man was introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War, taking part in a physical conflict between two factions of the Avengers. Spider-Man: Homecoming opens July 7th.

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