Spider-Man could cross over with Venom, but what does that mean for the MCU?

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Jun 19, 2017

Just last week, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige said there were no current plans to bring Venom into the Marvel Cinematic Universe because the R-rated comic book movie starring Tom Hardy in the titular role is a Sony project.

But Sony producer Amy Pascal is singing a slightly different tune.

In a video interview with Pascal and Feige, Pascal said that their upcoming Venom film (and by extension the Silver Sable and Black Cat movie) will exist in the same universe as Spider-Man: Homecoming (an MCU movie co-produced with Sony), and that it was possible for Tom Holland’s webslinger to pop up in the other Sony films, saying:

“Those movies will all take place in the world we’re now creating for Peter Parker. They’ll be adjuncts to it. It may be different locations, but it will still all be in the same world, and they will be connected to each other as well.”

That tidbit seemed to come much to Kevin Feige’s obvious surprise (dude is like: "Uhh, nooooo"), as you can see in the video below.

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Despite what Pascal's comments seem to imply, it's more likely she may have misspoke just a bit in explaining Sony's plans, because the chances of that happening at face value are pretty darn low. Sure, Tom Holland’s Spidey might appear — or at the very least be referenced — in Sony’s spinoff films. They're Sony films, Sony has the rights, and the studio would be crazy to launch its own Spidey-verse without actually taking advantage of the wall-crawler. As for having Venom, Silver Sable or Black Cat crossover to a Marvel movie without Marvel Studios having creative control over how those characters are used, and the stories being told? Don't think that's gonna happen. Also: can you imagine the logistical nightmare of it all?

The most likely scenario? Spider-Man is a big enough character to warrant an awkward agreement to get him into the MCU, but don't expect Marvel to try and shoehorn whatever the heck Sony does with those other movies into its carefully crafted continuity. Instead, we'd look for Holland's Spider-Man to, essentially, exist as a bridge between the two universes — playing Spidey in both, just with little to no actual crossover between those events. Spidey might pop up in Venom, sure, but just don't expect him to be chatting about his cool pal Tony Stark. And we wouldn't expect Holland's Parker to mention Venom in those upcoming Avengers flicks, either.

What do you guys think? Are we on the right track, or do you think Marvel and Sony are cooking up a different type of deal?

(via Comic Book Movie)