Venom was a massive success for Sony Pictures as they finally nailed a Spider-Man type film after the Amazing Spider-Man debacle half a decade ago. While the web crawler’s name and future was rescued by MCU and Kevin Feige. Now Sony has two different concurrent worlds of superhero movies and the head of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, Sanford Panitch, spoke about possible future crossover between the two properties.
In the 90s Marvel was a struggling comic publisher, their glory days were all behind them and comics were not doing as good in terms of sales. This meant the company was going bankrupt. That is when production companies approached them to license and own characters from their rich comic world. One of the characters sold was Spider-Man and over 900 other heroes and villains to Sony.
While Marvel Studios took out a loan in 2015 to start their own film studio, first located within Paramount and later bought by Disney, Spider-Man was gone. Well, until Kevin Feige worked some black magic and got him back on loan to appear in the MCU movies. The new Spider-Man played by Tom Holland is still a Sony property so the head of Sony’s film division gave his opinion on the plan they have for the future.
Venom and Spider-Man Crossover is Planned and Ready
There is a reason Deadpool, despite being owned by Disney and Marvel Studios after their purchase of Fox cannot appear in a MCU movie. The character is part of both X-Men and Spider-Man universe and Venom is almost the similar case. Still, the first Venom movie did not need Spidey, but everyone knows the symbiote infected villain has been associated with the web crawler, throughout its existence.
So, the character cannot go long without Spider-Man making an appearance in a crossover movie. The two web slingers going at it head to head in a movie is what most fans want to see and just turning Eddie Brock into an antihero won’t do the trick for most fans. Same with Kraven the Hunter, a live-action movie was recently announced, they are villains and they need to go against Spidey in a movie to really make sense.
The head of Sony movies explained that they are in no hurry to bring back Spider-Man in their universe. Venom proved, somewhat, that the characters can stand on their own. Kraven the Hunter will be here in January 2023, that will be a test to the theory of Spider-Man villains being able exist on their own. But for now they are not in a hurry, while also planning for a future scenario of crossover and reintegration.
Panitch told Vaiety, “We don’t really think of our 900 characters as the Spidey-verse. We have a Marvel universe. The volume of characters we have – you know, wait until you see this next Venom. You don’t miss Spider-Man. It’ll be exciting if they do meet, right?”
The exec also went on to explain that things may not appear clear right now but things will start making sense by the end of No Way Home. “There actually is a plan. I think now maybe it’s getting a little more clear for people where we’re headed and I think when No Way Home comes out, even more will be revealed,” he explained.
While MCU has avoided acknowledging even their own shows from Netflix, they are not going to explain tthe existence of Sony Marvel-verse. But that is not going to stop the hardware making company from creating their own world. Sinister Six appears to be almost a certainty at this point and no one can really stop them from doing what they want with Spider-Man.
So, a crossover of Venom and Spider-Man is not a far fetched idea. The two arch enemies have a meeting with destiny and everyone is gearing to setup the perfect battle for the duo. But it is does appear to be 4-5 years in the future at this moment, everyone’s got time to do what they want right now. And it is an ideal situation for us fans.
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