Sony's Venom director Ruben Fleischer says a Spider-Man crossover will happen eventually, with Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock meeting Tom Holland's Peter Parker. In 2015, Sony struck a deal with Marvel Studios that allowed Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the studio has also worked to put the film rights for their other Marvel characters to work as well. In the years since, Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters was launched with Venom in 2018. Directed by Fleischer and starring Hardy, Venom is the first of Sony's villain movies. The next to hit theaters is Morbius, starring Jared Leto, though others in the works include Kraven the Hunter and Madame Web.
As for Spider-Man, Holland officially joined the MCU in 2016's Captain America: Civil War and has since appeared in two solo movies as well as two additional team-up films. There was some controversy this year when it was reported Sony and Marvel's parent company Disney couldn't reach a new deal to continue sharing Spider-Man, which would mean the web-slinger officially exiting the MCU. However, a new deal was finally struck and Spider-Man remains in the MCU for at least one more solo movie and team-up. One important provision of that new deal, though, seems to be that Spider-Man can crossover into the SUMC. And Venom's director is continuing to hint at such a crossover.
In an interview with Fandom to promote his new movie, Zombieland: Double Tap, Fleischer spoke about a crossover between the SUMC's Venom and the MCU's Spider-Man, saying:
That’s where it’s all going to lead. And that’s the exciting thing, because we changed the origin of Venom … in the comics, he evolved from Spider-Man but because of the Marvel-Sony thing we weren’t able to that. And so the thing I think it’s building towards, and will be exciting to see, is when they actually do confront each other.
It's unclear how much of Sony's future plan for Venom and Spider-Man Fleischer is aware of, considering he's not involved in Venom 2. Instead, Andy Serkis is set to direct Venom 2. However, Fleischer no doubt would have spoken to the studio about long-term plans for Venom while directing the first film. Between his comments here and considering reports that Sony wanted a Holland cameo in Venom, it seems clear the studio wants to bring the characters together sooner rather than later. Whether that means Holland's Spider-Man will appear in Venom 2 remains to be seen, but fans would no doubt be excited to see such a crossover.
More likely, Venom 2 will see Eddie Brock face off against Carnage (Woody Harrelson) and potentially tease a confrontation with Spider-Man in a third film. Meanwhile, with Marvel reportedly looking to write Spider-Man out of the MCU, that would pave the way for Holland to officially join the SUMC. As such, fans still have quite a few years to wait until the potential Venom and Spider-Man crossover happens. In the meantime, though, Marvel fans have Venom 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming 3 and Spidey's other MCU appearance to look forward to before the characters one day crossover.
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