When Sony agreed to a shared deal that will allow Spider-Man to be rebooted by Kevin Feige and gang and make appearances in the MCU, fans rejoiced. Many, myself included find Tom Holland to be the best big-screen version of the web-slinger. Much like in the comics, the latest version of Spider-Man is a geeky teenager, joyful, quippy and always excited to hang out with the big boys and girls. However, Sony’s deal with Marvel Studios/Disney also makes the whole situation a little complicated. Keep in mind, the situation is very different from the Disney-Fox acquisition. Once Disney purchased Fox, the likes of X-Men and Fantastic Four became properties of Marvel Studios once again.
On the flip side, the movie rights to Spider-Man still belong to Sony. This means that Sony can use Spider-Man and his supporting characters at any capacity, regardless if Marvel Studios like it or not. It also means that Sony can establish that Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home are set in the same universe as the crappy Venom movie that turned out to be a massive box office success. In an interview with Cinema Blend, Kevin Feige was asked if he thinks Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will crossover with Venom, to which the MCU chief responded:
“I think probably it’s up to Sony. Sony has both those characters and, has Venom in their world. I don’t know what their plans are for another Venom or if they’re doing that. But it seems likely at some point.”
Venom is probably the best and most intriguing character in Spider-Man’s stacked Rogues Gallery. A clash between the two iconic characters would be a dream come true… if and only if it’s handled properly. Unfortunately, both live-action versions of Venom we’ve gotten thus far have ranged between disappointing (Spider-Man 3) to borderline nonsensical (the Tom Hardy version). It would be a shame to see Sony bring the taint and stench of 2018’s Venom into this Spider-verse which has been excellent thus far.