In 2015, Sony inked a deal with Marvel Studios to share the licensing rights to Spider-Man. Variety reports Marvel doesn’t have to pay Sony to use the iconic character in their movies, like Captain America: Civil War; additionally, Marvel will not receive any profits from Sony films that feature Spider-Man.
The studios have teamed up to produce the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming film, which, as pointed out by Polygon, explains why Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man appears in the movie. Venom and future projects under Sony’s Marvel Universe will not be joint efforts.
It’s also important to note that Sony insists Venom isn’t a spin-off, which is why many people are wondering if Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will make an appearance. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige told Variety he didn’t have any interest in working together on the Sinister Six spin off movies, which Venom belongs to. Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts echoed Feige’s comments, confirming that Venom isn’t connected to the Marvel universe.
“It’s not. It’s not connected to the Marvel world, so that’s really intriguing… what that will be. I don’t know anything about it,” he told Fandago. “It’s not connected, so there’s not that overlap. I’m only focused on my movie right now.”Venom is expected to hit theaters next fall. Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released July 7.
In a recent interview with Amy Pascal Producer with Sony Films with Kevin Feige setting with her she says:
“Both movies will all take place in the world that we’re now creating for Peter Parker. I mean, they’ll be adjuncts to it, there may be different locations, but it will still all be in the same world and they will be connected to each other.”
Watch in the video embed below and pay special attention to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige’s eyes and facial expressions. Feige looks like what Pascal is saying may be in contradiction to his understanding of the intentions of both studios in sharing Spider-Man. It is interesting that Sony wants to capitalize on the relationship with Marvel and possibly use Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in a feature movie with Venom and other characters of Spider-Man lore.
Whatever the circumstances of the possible misunderstanding between Marvel and Sony it will be interesting to see how it pans out for the future movies produced by both studios involving the Spider-Man world of characters. Comics Talk will be there for you as more comes to light about the this situation. Stay tuned for more. 🙂 Walt