One of the best examples of inter-studio cooperation over the last 10 years definitely has to be Sony allowing Disney to introduce Tom Holland's Spider-Man into the MCU via Captain America: Civil War. Give him his own movie in Spider-Man: Homecoming and a scene-stealing moment at the end of Avengers: Infinity War and the money, memes, and rave reviews come pouring in.
That being said, Sony isn't content to let the House of Mouse get all the Spidey glory. After all, they own the rights to the character and would probably rather go bankrupt before allowing the rights to lapse back to Marvel proper. Capitalizing on the major success of Holland's portrayal of Peter Parker, the studio is in the process of preparing its own "Spider-Verse," a comic book cinematic universe that only uses the Marvel characters that Sony owns.
The first Spider-Verse movie will launch with Ruben Fleischer's Venom (out Oct. 5), which finds Tom Hardy in the anti-hero role of reporter Eddie Brock, who fuses with an alien symbiote. Not long after, the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will premiere Dec. 14 and introduce Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), and an entire multiverse of different Spider-people, including a noir-inspired web-slinger reportedly voiced by Nicolas Cage.
Even with these two movies on the docket, it's hard to imagine how Sony will handle the property when it's already sharing the cornerstone character with Disney. Homecoming sequel, Spider-Man: Far From Home, is already set for next summer, even in light of Peter's "demise" in Infinity War. Will Holland switch between the MCU and Spider-Verse as part of the studio agreements or will he exclusively remain in the MCU? Things start to get complicated when you think about it, but legendary comic writer Brian Michael Bendis is here with some good news that he shared with Vulture.
“I happen to have heard some of the plans that have not been made public,” said Bendis who, before moving to DC Comics, helped created Marvel characters such as Jessica Jones and Miles Morales. “You’re asking if they’re cool? I thought they were very cool. Fans wouldn’t be annoyed with what they’re doing.”
Of course, no one except the top-level studio execs are privy to the exact details of where the Spidey-Verse is headed, but according to Bendis, the execs are just as big of fans as the people who go to see the movies they make.
“Not only are the characters ready for the big stage,” he said. “The directors and studio executives — they’re us. We all grew up loving these characters. And now the people who grew up wanting these movies are now making them. And not just a crappy Spider-Man movie. A really good Spider-Man movie. Everyone’s aiming high.”