The confusion over whether Venom and Spider-Man: Homecoming exist in the same world isn't clearing up anytime soon, as producer Amy Pascal admits the two sets of characters may crossover eventually. When the news broke of Sony creating a Venom movie, fans immediately began wondering if it was part of the MCU. From there, Tom Hardy was cast in the lead role and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) landed in the director's chair, but the connection to Spidey was still left open. In the past few weeks, however, that state of confusion has only increased.
First came word from Marvel head Kevin Feige that Venom is not part of the MCU. A few days later, spinoff producer Amy Pascal stated that the Spider-Man universes are "adjuncts" to one another. Cut to last weekend, and Feige doubled-down, seemingly refuting Pascal's claims. The next day, Pascal backed up Feige's words by claiming that the Venom movie is indeed separate. For fans who feel more confused than ever, things don't look like they're going to clear up anytime soon.
In an interview with Fandom that included both Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige, the pair discussed Spider-Man: Homecoming and touched on Venom. When asked if the two characters could ever share the screen together, Pascal seemed hopeful.
“Venom is a character that is closely associated with Spidey and there may be some day where you see them together, you never know.”
Pascal isn't wrong. Venom as a character is almost completely entwined with Spider-Man, from the powers he has to the Symbiote itself to the many characters who have bonded with the organism. It's that above all else that has left fans wondering how Venom can exist outside of Spidey's world. As for whether Pascal's comments clear up the MCU questions, they seem to indicate Venom is in fact in the MCU. Otherwise, how else would he ever share the screen with Spider-Man?
The reality of the situation is that Sony have the rights to use the Spidey characters however they want. Even in Homecoming, Marvel won't be getting a dime. The benefit for them is having Spidey in their main movies, while also being able to merchandise the character as part of the MCU. As such, Marvel don't really have any creative say over things like Venom and thus don't wont to openly discuss him being in the MCU.
That said, Feige wants to leave the door open for Venom and the other Spidey villains that Sony is giving spinoffs to appear in future MCU movies. Because of the tricky legal and creative conundrum both Pascal and Feige are in, things could remain confusing for some time. Then again, with Venom shooting soon and Spider-Man: Homecoming almost in theaters, we could know more sooner than later.
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
- Venom (2018) release date: Oct 05, 2018