Fans have been paying attention with a mix of excitement and apprehension as Sony have been releasing more and more details about their upcoming Spider-Man cinematic universe that, er, won’t include Spider-Man. As a weird quirk of Sony’s deal with Marvel Studios, Tom Holland is playing Peter Parker in the MCU while the likes of Venom and Silver and Black will take place in their own world.
At least, that’s what we’ve been told. Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts confidently stated that Venom is “not connected to the Marvel world,” which was backed up by Kevin Feige saying that “there is no plan for Venom in the MCU.” Seems pretty clear cut, right?
Wrong! Sony’s Amy Pascal recently threw a spanner in the works a few days ago by claiming that the studio’s films will indeed be connected to the MCU in some form. “Both movies will now take place in the world that we are creating for Peter Parker,” she said. Venom and its related projects will apparently be “adjuncts” to the Homecoming films but they’ll “still all be in the same world.”
So, how can both of these two seemingly contradictory views be right? If we’re not going to have, say, Tom Hardy’s Venom as a main villain in a future Spider-Man movie before spinning off into Sony’s solo film, then how can Venom be linked to the MCU? Well, we’ve got some ideas about how everything could fit together, so let’s start theorizing!