Sony’s Spider-Verse & MCU’s Shared Universe

When the deal was struck between Disney & Sony to reboot the Spider-Man film franciase in a 6 picture deal, many were excited at the prospect of the two studio’s working together to broaden the scope of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.  However, many hopes and dreams were seriously questioned and crushed when they announced their very own cinematic universe, seperate of the MCU’s Spider-Man.  This new Spider-Verse will launch with Venom staring Tom Hardy and directed by Ruben Fleischer followed by a Silver Sable & Black Cat film aptly titled Silver & Black with director Gina Prince-Blythewood.  Now it looks as if any worries, concerns, and questions have been laid to rest, for the moment, as Amy Pascal of Sony mentioned during an interview with FilmStarts for Spider-Man: Homecoming that the two studios comic films take place in the same shared universe.

“Both movies will now take place in the world that we are creating for Peter Parker.  They’ll be adjuncts to it, they may be different locations, but it will still all be in the same world. And they will be connected to each other as well.”

To be clear in Spider-Man’s involvement in these spinnoffs as well as the kind of universe they have in mind, Pascal added this;

“There’s always a chance. I think one of the things that Kevin has done with Marvel that’s so brilliant, is bringing the fans along, and making each movie feel like a chapter in a book. That you have to read that chapter in order to go forward. And I think the investment that fans get to feel in being part of a larger story and understanding what’s happening, is something that I know Sony would want to emulate.”

What this probably means is not to expect these two universes to cross-over very often, or their stories to be reliant on each others, but when they do it will surely be epic and it will all be tied and tethered together through the life, times, and webs of Peter Parker.  I expected this kind of move to be made in the wake of the eventual success of next months Spider-Man: Homecoming because it’s a no-brainer move that would benefit both studios as well as the audience.  It’s very unfortunate that we are likely to not see this kind of cooperation between Disney & Fox.  However, theres always hope that after years of watching what will hopefully be a successful partnership between Disney & Sony that we can see another bridge crossed and a deal is made with Fox.


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