It's no secret that comic book movies are everywhere, as various studios compete for box office supremacy with their respective cinematic universes. Characters from Marvel's Spider-Man comics have had a particularly fascinating life onscreen, split between various studios. And things got only more complicated once Peter Parker was adopted by the MCU.
Sony has historically had the rights to Spider-Man and his villains, with two separate franchises happening in the 2000's. But the studio made a deal with Marvel in 2015, allowing Spider-Man to make his way to the massive shared universe, starting with Captain America: Civil War. Sony saw success with Venom, so all eyes are if/when the two characters might crossover.
CinemaBlend's Sean O'Connell recently asked Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige during their conversation about Spider-Man: Far From Home's contents, and the exec said:
Well, that seems pretty cut and dry. Kevin Feige seems to think the ball is in Sonys' court, and depending on what they want the future of Venom to look like. Will we get a direct sequel, or some type of team-up movie with Tom Holland's Spider-Man? Only time will tell.
CinemaBlend's own Sean O'Connell got the chance to speak with Kevin Feige at the Spider-Man: Far From Home junket, along with the film's cast (look out for more content on its way!) The MCU's Spider-Man has quickly become one of the biggest fan favorites in the shared universe, and Venom was one of the surprising sleeper hits of 2018.
Sony's villain-centric movie ended up making a whopping $855 million, all but guaranteeing a Venom sequel sometime in the future. The movie surpassed poor critical performance and really resonated with audiences, and didn't suffer from taking itself too seriously. Given the comedic nature of the MCU's Spider-Man and Tom Hardy's Venom, they probably would have some solid chemistry.
Unfortunately, Kevin Feige doesn't seem to think there are any real plans to make this happen. Feige maintained it was up to Sony to decide what they want to do with the studio's symbiote-centric brand. You'd think the head of Marvel Studios would be privy to any potential deals, so his comments aren't necessarily encouraging.
Still, no one would have thought that the deal around Spider-Man would have been possible ahead of it happening. Sony and Marvel Studios have shown their ability to collaborate before, so it's not totally out of the question. And with Phase Four of the MCU also a mystery, the general public is largely in dark regarding the future of the superhero genre.
Spider-Man: Far From Home will arrive in theaters on July 2nd. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
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Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.