With blockbusters like Eternals from Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures is hard at work creating its own library of superhero movies as well. The studio’s next release will be Spider-Man: No Way Home in December, a collaboration with Marvel, but Sony is also having success with films that aren’t part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage, starring Tom Hardy, had one of the most successful opening weekends of any film released during the epidemic era. This was mostly due to the film’s post-credits scene, which implied that the Venom films are now shockingly a part of the MCU, while the franchise also includes characters from Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s films. In addition, the team has no intention of slowing down Sony’s Spider-Man Universe by introducing classic Spider-Man heroes and villains. While no other information was provided, moviegoers now know when to look for these sequels.
According to Aaron Couch of the Hollywood Reporter, Sony has added two more unnamed Marvel films to its release schedule. On June 23 and October 6, 2023, Sony Pictures will release two new films based on Spider-Man characters for which the studio holds film licenses. There’s also Aaron Taylor-Kraven Johnson’s the Hunter, which will hit theatres on January 13, 2023.
Sony has added two untitled Marvel movies to the calendar: June 23, 2023 and October 6, 2023. It already had Kraven the Hunter on the calendar for January 2023
— Aaron Couch (@AaronCouch) October 22, 2021
Sony now has the opportunity to expand on the positive reception to Venom: Let There Be Carnage with future releases in this universe. Morbius, starring Jared Leto, has already hinted at possible MCU tie-ins with Spider-Man storylines, but these two additional release dates promise to push the plot much further.
There’s still a lot of mystery around what will go into these spots, especially given how little is known about the upcoming films in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe. After the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, the success of Venom 2 could lead Sony to pursue Tom Hardy’s solo journey in Venom 3 with a higher budget. A female-centric standalone film directed by Olivia Wilde is also in the works, and Jessica Drew as Spider-Woman is almost certain to make an appearance.
If one of these release dates is for a fourth Tom Holland Spider-Man film in the MCU, director Jon Watts will almost certainly not be involved. This is so because he is moving on to direct Fantastic Four. As this plot unfolds, only time will tell what new web-slinging stories will be woven in.