Spider-Man’s unique isolation at Sony Pictures, which had kept Peter Parker’s tentpole movies apart from the Disney-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe, has nevertheless finally yielded some crossovers as Sony and Disney hammered out a Spidey share deal.
But Sony appears to be open to throwing the door open even further, according to a report on the state of Sony’s Marvel projects in Variety. Thanks to the two studios’ mutual appreciation of just how valuable a main character Spider-Man is, Sony’s reportedly amenable to the idea of finding more walk-on roles for MCU characters in future Spider-Man films — much like Spidey himself stowed away with Tony Stark in Avengers: Infinity War.
“Marvel and Sony have strengthened their ties in recent years. Part of the reason is that the studios joined forces on Spider-Man: Homecoming, with Marvel coming on board as a producer,” Variety notes.
“In exchange, Sony allowed Spider-Man to appear in Avengers: Infinity War and Captain America: Civil War. Sony is open to having other characters from its Spider-Man films pop up in Marvel movies that are produced under the Disney aegis, and would presumably also like to see an Avenger or two cameo in its own movies.”
In what may be an instance of Sony laying the groundwork for Disney to feel good about allowing its more family-focused MCU brand to dip its toe in Sony’s spider-verse, the report also observes that Sony's upcoming Venom movie likely will go for a hard PG-13 rating, rather than the R rating that some have anticipated.
“It’s unlikely that Venom will be the first R-rated Sony Marvel movie… Any Spider-Man movie will carry a PG-13 rating because the wall-crawler is more family friendly, and if Venom is too dark and gory, it might preclude other film match-ups, not just with Peter Parker’s alter-ego, but also with other members of the extended Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU),” the report states.
If Peter Parker can be an honorary member of Earth’s mightiest heroes, it makes sense that one (or more) of those heroes might want to pay him a visit from time to time. Hey, they've already added Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders' Maria Hill for Spider-Man: Far From Home, so it's clear these universes are only getting closer as the films go by.