What Does Spider-Man Returning To The MCU Mean For Sony's Spider-Verse?

Spider-Man gliding in Far From Home

One subject of conversation that has been dominating the superhero genre is the fate of Tom Holland's Spider-Man. Following the massive success of Spider-Man: Far From Home, it was revealed that Marvel Studios and Sony had broken their deal, and the character would be owned by the latter studio completely. This would have removed the wall crawler from the MCU, a concept that was disheartening for the fans. Luckily, a new announcement revealed another deal was made, and Spider-Man 3 is going to be co-produced by Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios. But what does that mean for Sony's Spider-Verse?

Sony's burgeoning cinematic universe got its start with Ruben Fleischer's Venom, starring Tom Hardy. The movie was a sleeper hit that really resonated with audiences, and future movies like Morbius are being developed. But fans longed for Tom Holland's Spider-Man to crossover, and interact with the villains that Sony is shaping a franchise around. Now those narrative possibilities are open, as the character will pivot between two respective shared universes. As Kevin Feige told it in the recent announcement:

I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it. Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.

Well, this is certainly exciting. Tom Holland has already played Peter Parker in a whopping five movies, but it looks like the 23 year-old actor is going to have plenty of opportunities to fight crime. After all, two separate studios will want to utilize the character.

The news about Sony and Marvel's new arrangement is sure to thrill fans, who were sad to hear about the old deal coming to an end. It turns out that the beloved hero will also appear in at least on more MCU movie aside from Spider-Man 3. As for Sony's Spider-Verse, it's unclear how heavily he'll factor in. But there are plenty of great choices to bring Peter Parker into the story.

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Perhaps the most obvious would be to have him cross over in Andy Serkis' Venom 2. Moviegoers are eager to see the symbiote's story unfold, as the first movie offered a quirky and over the top origin story. While Woody Harrelson's Carnage was teased in Venom's credits scene, it would be thrilling to finally see Eddie/ Venom interact with Spider-Man in the upcoming sequel. Given the popularity of both iconic Marvel characters, it seems like a recipe for success to pair them.

Another great choice to bring Peter Parker into Sony's live-action Spider-Verse would be Morbius. Jared Leto is playing the title character in the vampire-centered comic book adaptation. Morbius has interacted with Spider-Man plenty of times on the page, so it would be a great pairing to see them on screen. Plus, it would add a ton of star power and anticipation for the movie ahead of its release.

Sony also recently announced its plans to bring Madame Web into live-action, which offers another opportunity for Tom Holland's Spider-Man to appear in the Spider-Verse. All three of the movies sound very different, and Peter's youthful energy would bring a unique energy to each upcoming project. Audiences love Holland's rendition of the character, and are dying to see as many crossovers as possible.

The situation is ongoing, and CinemaBlend will be sure to update on the latest about Spider-Man's future for both Sony and the Disney. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. 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. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.