Spider-Man may have been confirmed for the as yet untitled fourth Avengers movie, but last we heard, that’s where the Sony/Marvel deal ends. Sony, of course, is planning a stable of Spider-Man spinoff movies with Venom, Silver Sable and Black Cat in a bid to develop their own Marvel universe like Fox did with the X-Men. And with Tom Hardy recently announced as their new Venom, it seemed like things were going full speed ahead.
But then something strange happened. During the press tour for Spider-Man: Homecoming, former Sony Pictures Entertainment head Amy Pascal said this while sitting next to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige:
“Well those movies will all take place in the world that we are 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.”
Okay, hold up. I’m super confused. Feige has maintained all along that Sony’s spinoffs would not be linked to the MCU, so what’s Pascal talking about?
Here’s the background. When Sony first agreed to team up with Marvel Studios to work on a Spidey reboot, the agreement was that Marvel Studios would be in charge of all the creative decisions on Homecoming while Sony Pictures would produce and distribute it. They also agreed that they could use Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in a set number of MCU movies, including Captain America: Civil War, but there was no further talk of an extended Spidey universe or anything like that.
Pascal elaborated on her answer:
“There’s a chance [that Peter Parker will appear]. There’s always a chance. I think one of the things that Kevin [Feige] has done with Marvel that was so brilliant is by bringing the fans along and making each movie seem like a chapter in a book, that you have to read that chapter in order to go forward. And I think the investment that the fans get to feel in being a part of a larger story and understanding what’s happening, I think is something that I know Sony would want to emulate.”
It’s worth pointing out that Pascal is no longer the head of Sony, so it’s not like she has the last say on that. In any case, it seems very unlike Marvel to suddenly agree to be associated with these planned spinoffs, so I’m gonna hold off on any further comment until someone from Marvel Studios clarifies their stand on this.
Commercially, it makes sense for the Spider-Man spinoff movies to be a part of the MCU, even if just tangentially. The fans would certainly be happy, while the Sony movies’ could bask in the reflected glory of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But let’s see what Marvel has to say about this.
For more from the FilmStarts interview where Pascal made these statements, you can watch the embedded video here. And if you’re confused about which studios owns the film rights to a certain character, here’s a handy dandy chart made by The Geek Twins.
Yeah, you thought you left confusing Venn diagrams behind in school, didn’t you?
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