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For some, this would seem like a foregone conclusion, especially considering the long road it has taken to get Spider-Man into the MCU. With Marvel Studios essentially now sharing custody of the character with Sony Pictures – who owns the film rights to the web-slinger – some would have expected other characters to follow suit.
The only problem? Various conflicting reports have suggested otherwise. With both Venom and Silver & Black in development, Sony appeared to be introducing what it called “Sony’s Marvel Universe”, which would presumably be independent from the MCU. Sony’s efforts even led to speculation that Spider-Man himself would be leaving the MCU after a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel, which were later refuted by the film’s star, Tom Holland.
And just a few days ago, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige asserted that the two companies’ Marvel universes would stay separate, directly contradicting the claims that Sony’s Amy Pascal made earlier today.
So with the possibility of even more connected Marvel films on the horizon, how exactly could that manifest? Will the MCU actually consider Sony’s spinoffs canon? We break down a few possibilities.
There is a chance that Feige’s original comments could remain true, and Sony’s Marvel Universe could be entirely walled off from the MCU.
Marvel Studios has been adding to the MCU for a full decade now, with significant amounts of money and effort going into making it the well-oiled machine fans see today. With at least two feature films planned to be released each year until 2020, Marvel has its movie-making down to a science, plotting out Easter eggs and teases far in advance.
Adding Sony’s films into the fold, and giving them the same narrative weight in the MCU, could only further disrupt what Marvel has planned for the next few years.
There’s also the issue of…
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