In addition to Venom hitting theaters this fall, other Sony projects like Kraven The Hunter and Silver and Black are in various stages of development. With Venom arguably the most recognizable villain in Spider-Man's rogues' gallery, it would make sense for him (or them) to be the common thread linking it all together.
Is that really the case? "Not necessarily," explained Sony in a statement to SYFY WIRE. "[Venom] is a standalone film but there will be key points of intersection that connect it with other films."
A recent Esquire interview with star Tom Hardy also sheds some light on what Sony has planned. If Venom does well, Hardy will return for the sequels; if Sony continues to branch out with other Spider-Verse projects, Hardy "may well" appear in those, too.
Spider-man, meanwhile, has been a part of the MCU since Captain America: Civil War. However, the character's basically on loan from Sony, meaning the rights will eventually revert back to them. This all leads to every fan's burning question: When will we see Spider-Man take on his most notorious foe? Don't worry, Sony has a plan for that, too.
"Venom and Spider-Man are already in the same universe – so without giving too much away, we are looking forward to the two of them eventually facing off in the future," noted Sony.
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