In a joint interview with Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige to promote “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” producer Amy Pascal says that Sony’s upcoming films “Venom” and “Silver and Black”– based on supporting characters from Spider-Man comics — will take place in the same world as “Homecoming.”
“Both movies will all take place in the world that we’re now creating for Peter Parker,” Pascal said. “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.”
Pascal even added that there is “a chance” “Spider-Man: Homecoming” star Tom Holland may make a cameo in Sony’s films.
The characters Venom, Black Cat, and Silver Sable all originate from Spider-Man comics. but they are not among the characters included in the license-sharing agreement that allowed Spider-Man to exist within Marvel Studios’ shared universe. Sony announced its intent to make these films as part of what is being called Sony’s Marvel Universe — unrelated to the MCU — in early 2017.
A connection between “Homecoming” and Sony’s Marvel Universe would seem to come in direct contradiction to statements made by “Homecoming” director Jon Watts immediately after Sony’s Marvel Universe was announced.
“It’s not connected to the Marvel world,” Watts said. “I don’t know anything about it. It’s not connected, so there’s not that overlap.”
Pascal’s remarks also appeared to suggest Sony’s Marvel Universe might have a connection not just to “Homecoming,” but to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. After all, Spider-Man is officially a part of the MCU, even if he’s still shared between Marvel and Sony.
It isn’t public whether or not the Sony/Marvel Spidey-sharing deal restricts Sony’s ability to include cameos by Tom Holland in non-MCU films. But the possibility that Venom et al would ever be connected with the MCU was ruled out by Kevin Feige just five days ago. In an interview with French website AlloCiné shown via Facebook Live, Feige said that there are “no plans” to bring Venom into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “That,” he said outright, “is Sony’s project.”
Notably, during the joint interview, Feige did not offer comment or confirmation of Pascal’s statements about ties between “Homecoming” and Sony’s Marvel Universe, instead remaining decidedly tight-lipped.
Watch the exchange below.
Disney, owner of Marvel Studios, did not immediately respond to requests from TheWrap for clarification.
This isn’t the first time Pascal has made surprising statements about the future of Spider-Man and Marvel Studios. During Cinemacon in March, she implied that the Spidey partnership between Marvel and Sony would end after only two stand-alone films. “It may never happen again — after we do the sequel,” she said.
While neither Sony nor Marvel commented, a person with knowledge of the deal between the two companies told TheWrap at that time that Pascal’s comments were not accurate. That was born out earlier this week, during the same press junket in which Feige ruled out a Venom-MCU connection, when Tom Holland confirmed that “Homecoming” is the first in a trilogy of MCU Spidey pics.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” opens July 7.