Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man spin-offs Venom and Silver & Black are reportedly being developed with what former studio head Amy Pascal considers loose ties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The last official word on the relationship between Marvel Studios and Sony extended exclusively to the production of two Spider-Man solo features – beginning with next month’s Spider-Man: Homecoming – with an addendum for Marvel to utilise the character in their own team-centric efforts as well. Now, it appears the situation is – in the eyes of those involved – not quite so cut and dry.
Firstly, Spidey actor Tom Holland has suggested that there will in fact be three Spider-Man MCU instalments, with Homecoming beginning its own trilogy. Word also emerged from Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige that neither Venom nor the Silver & Black spin-off would be a part of the MCU.
Pascal, it would appear, has received a different memo on the subject, suggesting in a new interview this weekend: “Spider-Man characters aren’t connected to the MCU [but it]doesn’t mean Tom Holland can’t pop up in them as the friendly neighborhood wallcrawler. Both movies will all take place in the world that we’re now creating for Peter Parker. I mean, they’ll be adjuncts to it, there may be different locations, but it will still all be in the same world and they will be connected to each other.”
It wouldn’t be unheard of for the MCU to feature something along the lines Pascal suggests, though it would certainly mark the first time the franchise has seen such a venture declared as much up front. At last count, Feige had declared the MCU’s television and Netflix offshoots to be separate from the cinematic world, yet the various shows outright flaunt their various MCU connections.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer and starring Tom Hardy, Venom is rumoured to begin filming this September in Atlanta and New York. Spider-Man: Homecoming opens on July 7th.