It has been repeatedly stated that Sony’s Venom and Black Cat/Silver Sable film, Silver & Black would not be connected to the MCU nor its iteration of Spider-Man (portrayed by Tom Holland). Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts, producer Amy Pascal, and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige have reiterated this in multiple interviews (Feige did so just last week) and showed no signs of changing that. That is, until earlier this week when Feige and Pascal seemingly reversed their stance during a press junket for Spider-Man: Homecoming. During the interview, they were asked again about the connection between Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and the spinoff films, to which Pascal responded:
“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.”
In regards to Holland appearing in the spinoffs, her response was, “There’s a chance… there’s always a chance.” These statements were confirmed or denied by Feige, and the interviewer did not clarify them further. It seems either the studio heads are slowing forcing themselves to connect these films, or Pascal spoke out of turn.
In the wake of this news, a report from THR claims that Carnage will be the villain in Venom, which has been well received by fans of the character. In the comics, the Carnage symbiote was spawned from Venom and bonded to serial killer Cletus Kasady, who was cell mates with Venom’s host Eddie Brock at Ryker’s Island. The creature’s strength is greater than Spider-Man and Venom combined, and he is endowned with shape shifting abilities superior to Venom. It honestly makes sense that he would be the villain, but the whole thing still smells of Sony trying to do too much too soon.
Additionally, the report claims that Sony is planning two more spinoffs centered around villains Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio, both of which have been members of various iterations of the Sinister Six, a group of supervillains with a hatred of Spider-Man. Sony originally attempted to launch a film featuring the group after The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with that film teasing the lineup of Green Goblin, Rhino, Vulture, Doctor Octopus and Venom; but that film’s failure nixed those plans and the studio started over from scratch. It seems like a Sinister Six film is still the endgame, but with Sony instead now taking the route of “build out a world gradually rather than launch one immediately,” similar to Marvel’s approach with Avengers and DC/Warner Bros’ Justice League.
Marvel and Sony need to stop dragging their feet and just connect their cinematic universes already and quit sidestepping around the issue. Keeping them separate is only going to wreck havoc on the individual narratives and piss off/confuse fans in the process. A Sinister Six film universe devoid of or lacking a Spider-Man does not sound interesting at all. But one connected to the MCU could do the trick.