Spider-Man will be regularly returning to cinemas over the next few years, thanks to Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios’ ever-expanding production slate. Though he has been a superhero icon for decades, the late 2010s has seen the wall-crawling hero enjoy a period of unparalleled prominence in pop-culture. Spider-Man was a highlight of the end of the Infinity Saga (despite his death in Avengers: Infinity War). Then, Marvel’s Spider-Man - the blockbusting PS4 game - similarly wowed critics and fans alike. Finally, his next movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, ended up the standout release of the 2018 holiday season. And that is all but a taste of what is yet to come.
Last updated: November 8, 2019
Thanks to the unprecedented deal between Marvel and Sony, Tom Holland’s youthful iteration of Spider-Man has a long bright future as part of the MCU. However, Sony ultimately retains the motion picture rights to the Spidey mythos. As such, they are committed to bringing many of his friends and foes to the big screen, which they have already begun with the release of Venom.
In fact, along with several full-on Spider-Man films being produced, eight spinoffs are currently in development. Here are all the Spidey-related titles that we can expect to see in the coming years.
Although Spider-Man: Far From Home just released this past summer, there's already much excitement for the third MCU outing for Peter Parker. Spider-Man 3 (whether the subtitle uses the word "Home" remains to be seen) was on Tom Holland's original contract and the second solo film certainly leaves the door wide open for more. While it briefly appeared that the Marvel Studios and Sony partnership was in jeopardy, the two companies eventually worked things out, and Spider-Man 3 swings into theaters on July 16, 2021.
As for the plot, that's unknown. It could see Peter Parker take on another villain never seen before, although many are hoping for a big screen debut of the Sinister Six.
Morbius - July 31, 2020
Sony has a plethora of live-action properties, continuing the Spider-Man villain shared universe started by this year's Venom.
Producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad confirmed that Morbius, The Living Vampire is Sony's next Marvel movie, with Jared Leto taking the title role. Charting the tragic tale of the biochemist-turned-vampire, the film began shooting in February 2019 to meet its July 31, 2020 release date.
Venom 2 - October 2, 2020
After Morbius is Venom 2, which arrives just two years after his debut. As the champion of their comic book universe, the film will likely see Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock continue to be the Lethal Protector of San Francisco, likely going up against Woody Harrelson's Carnage. Considering that Hardy’s contract consists of three movies – and that Venom 2 could end up being as successful as the first – it’s very likely that a Venom 3 will turn up several years after that.
Other Films In Sony's Spider-Man Villain Series
Beyond 2020, the apparently-titled SUMC (Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters) is said to incorporate the lesser-known vigilante Nightwatch into its ranks. Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker is attached to the project, which would relate the tale of Doctor Kevin Trench, who witnesses the death of a technologically advanced vigilante at the hands of a terrorist group, only to discover that the dead hero is a future version of himself. Spike Lee was reportedly attached to the project, but he has since denied his involvement.
Furthermore, popular Spider-Man villain Kraven the Hunter is due to receive his first-ever cinematic outing. Using the iconic "Kraven’s Last Hunt" as a basis, Richard Wenk (The Equalizer) is scripting the big-game hunter’s movie which, like Nightwatch, is without a director or a release date.
Not all of Sony's live-action efforts are about bad guys. The most recently discussed of these more heroic outings were the Silk and Jackpot solo movies, which would chart the origins of these newer female additions to Spidey’s mythos. There’s no word on who is writing or directing these movies though, so we currently do not know when they’ll be released.
There are other SUMC movies with a more turbulent development. Mysterio at one point looked likely for his own SUMC film, but he ended up as the main villain in Far From Home, so that idea seems to have been discarded. Silver and Black has similarly hit a snag early in its development; the movie was originally due to follow the adventures of Spider-Man’s friends (and sometime enemies) Black Cat and Silver Sable. Screenwriter Lisa Joy (Westworld) and Christopher Yost (Thor: Ragnarok) each tackled the script before Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) came aboard to write and direct the picture. However, in August 2018, it was announced that the film would be split into two solo movies, and that Prince-Bythewood was no longer directing, though she would receive a producer credit. There has been no mention of either film since then.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2
Sony already has plans for a sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. To complement this spirited show of confidence, it appears that Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Voltron) will helm the picture, taking over from Into the Spider-Verse’s three co-directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman. Producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 22 Jump Street) are expected to be involved as well.
As of November 2019, the film has an official release date of April 8, 2022, although there's no indication yet what the plot of Into the Spider-Verse 2 will be. Despite this, it’s safe to assume that the second installment will feature more dimension-hopping exploits while following Miles Morales’ (Shameik Moore) fledgling superhero career, with previously unseen Spider-People thrown in for good measure. One addition recently confirmed is that of Japanese Spider-Man.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse All-Female Spinoff
When news of Into the Spider-Verse’s sequel dropped, the studio also disclosed that an animated, all-female spinoff is in the works. Lauren Montgomery (Batman: Year One, Voltron) is being eyed to helm the project, which is believed to focus upon Into the Spider-Verse’s Spider-Gwen (and possibly Peni Parker).
As with Into the Spider-Verse 2, it's too early to determine what the story will be about. Audiences have seen little of Spider-Gwen or her world onscreen either. Nevertheless, putting her at the center of a new movie is a savvy move on Sony’s part. Gwen’s voice is provided by singer and actress Hailee Steinfeld, whose popularity continues to rise. Plus, Spider-Gwen may be a relatively new addition to Spider-Man’s mythos, but since her creation in 2014 she has already become a beloved character. Indeed, out of Into the Spider-Verse’s line-up, Spider-Gwen’s appearance has generated the most excitement (besides Miles Morales, of course).
As such, the prospect of this all-female spinoff holds a lot of promise. Moreover, through Gwen audiences will be able to explore even more of the wonderful women in Spider-Man’s world, such as Madame Web and Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew). Not only is it a boom for female representation in cinema, it also gives viewers the chance to engage with all the wilder aspects of Spider-Man’s varied, longstanding canon.
With access to over 900 comic book characters, the future looks bright for fans of Spider-Man’s varied and ever-growing mythos. If Sony is able to serve justice to these properties – as they have for Into the Spider-Verse – then they will be enticing cinema-goers to enjoy even more superhero movies for years to come.
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) release date: Dec 14, 2018
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019