How Spider-Man’s Return to Marvel Could Bring Venom Into the MCU
Marvel and Sony have finally agreed to keep Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After a long tug-o-war, the companies reached an agreement that essentially makes Spider-Man the first character in the MCU to cross over into another universe. Although it is great that Spider-Man isn’t going anywhere, there are still a lot of questions about his future in the MCU.
Marvel and Sony ink new deal
The new deal allows Spider-Man to remain in the MCU and continue whatever plans Marvel has for him. This includes at least one more Spider-Man movie (a joint project between studios) and an appearance in another MCU film.
But his future in Sony’s universe remains unclear. Sony likely has plans for a Spider-Man appearance in its universe, which could open the door for some interesting crossovers.
According to We Got This Covered, Marvel president Kevin Feige announced the new deal with Sony, revealing that Spider-Man will have a role in Sony projects moving forward. He also teased some of the characters introduced in the new universe could find their way into the MCU.
“Spider-Man 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,” Feige shared.
Given everything Marvel is developing for Phase 4, it certainly does not need all of the characters in Sony’s lineup. But there is one villain that would be perfect to introduce to the MCU: Tom Hardy’s Venom.
Will Venom come to the MCU?
Out of all of the characters in Sony’s universe, Venom is easily the most attractive to Marvel. Although Venom was panned by the critics, it was a success in the box office and proved that anything Spider-Man related is gold.
Venom is also one of Spider-Man’s most iconic villains, and seeing him in the MCU would thrill fans to no end.
Since the new deal allows Spider-Man to crossover into different universes, it is reasonable to expect that other characters will as well. It also makes sense on the business front, as both Sony and Marvel can cash in by bringing the characters together.
To make things even more interesting, Holland has already said that he would love to star alongside Hardy. The only question is whether or not this will happen on the Sony side or the MCU. Either way, we cannot wait to see what the future holds for both characters.
Sony is currently working on a sequel to the 2018 film, Venom. The project is still in early development, though it would not be surprising if Holland gets a cameo in the movie, especially in the end credits.
Inside Spider-Man’s new deal
While we wait to learn more about a Venom crossover, Marvel fans were thrilled to hear that Spider-Man isn’t going anywhere.
Spider-Man 3 is officially set to open in theaters in the summer of 2021 and will be a collaborative effort between Marvel and Sony. The new deal also allows Spider-Man to appear on one future Marvel project, though it still isn’t known which one.
The upcoming movie, meanwhile, will wrap things up in the Spider-Man trilogy. This should give fans a satisfying end to Spidey’s story, at least when it comes to stand-alone films.
The entire cast from Spider-Man: Far From Home is expected to return for the third film, including Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Marissa Tomei, Jon Favreau, and, of course, Holland.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t give us a good idea about what will happen to Spider-Man after the third movie. But it is good to know that Spider-Man 3 will not end in a cliffhanger like the one we got in Far From Home.
Sony has not commented on the rumors surrounding Venom. It took a lot of back and forth for Marvel and Sony to come together on the new deal, so hopefully, future joint projects between the companies will be a bit smoother.
Sony also hasn’t revealed too much about Venom 2, though the end of the first film teased an appearance from Carnage. The end credits scene featured Woody Harrelson as the villain, setting up a bigger symbiote story in the sequel.