Over two weeks ago now, it was announced that Sony and Disney had reached a deal to stop Tom Holland’s Peter Parker leaving the MCU, and that he would have his third film and then appear in another MCU movie, all with producer Kevin Feige on board. This is something that I have already done a post about, focusing on how it will impact the MCU and specifically the third Spider-Man film. However, something that has not been focused on is how this may effect the newly established ‘Spider-Verse’ that Sony has formed.
They have yet to clarify exactly what will be a part of this universe or what it will be called (Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters was another thing hinted at) but due to the enormous financial success of Venom and the huge critical success of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, coupled with the huge struggle the studio has had to find other valid IP, means that Sony is going to push ahead aggressively to form this universe. This will really kick into gear in July 2020 with the Jared Leto/Matt Smith starring Morbius, which will quickly be followed in October 2020 with the Andy Serkis directed sequel to Venom, again starring Tom Hardy. Both films will be a big test of whether the universe can be successful, but Morbius is certain to be the biggest test due to it being more of an unknown property than Venom was, and it starring a much less fan friendly star, in Oscar winner Jared Leto. However, Venom itself was expected to be a big flop in late 2018, but instead became one of the biggest origin stories in history.
In the past two years, the trades have reported that multiple different movies are being developed within this universe including a film focusing on Silver Sable & Black Cat, one focusing on Silk, one focusing on Kraven the Hunter, and most recently a Madame Web movie. All of these films could potentially happen and have varying effects on a cinematic universe, but due to them currently only being films that are rumoured or in pre-production, there is not too much to say about them, apart from the fact that if done correctly they could form an effective cinematic universe. However, is it possible to form a universe of Spider-Man characters without Spider-Man himself? (unless Holland’s Peter Parker eventually leaves the MCU or Sony bring Miles Morales to live action). This is something we will just have to wait and see.
One final thing to consider is if Sony will make the animated films also a part of the same multi-verse or if they will keep them separate. We know they plan to make a direct sequel to Into the Spider-Verse as well as a spin-off film focusing on the Spider-Women, especially Gwen Stacy. Due to the nature of these films, setting them in the same universe seems a natural narrative move as they can jump through the ‘Spider-Verse’ and it would certainly provide the universe with some great possibilities for the future.
This universe could potentially never even get going past 2020 if the critical and commercial success is not achieved. However, we have already underestimated this franchise on numerous occasions and it usually comes back fighting.