In and out of the Spider-Man universe, Sony Pictures is in a unique position when it comes to superhero projects. In NWH, the company’s latest collaboration with Marvel Studios, it became the top-grossing film of the year. Following Tom Hardy’s Venom and its follow-up, Sony is preparing to bring Morbius to theaters as the second solo franchise.
After an almost unheard of 18+ month delay, Morbius is finally ready to open in theaters. This is all thanks in large part to the ongoing effects of the pandemic. On top of that, Sony has had a lot of bad reviews from early screenings. However, they’re still optimistic about the film’s future.
Morbius, Venom, and other Marvel villains are being built up in a Sony-created cinematic universe that doesn’t appear to have a place for Spider-Man yet. According to recent statements from the company’s most recent director, that status may change in the near future.
Cinema Blend contacted Morbius director Daniel Espinosa on Twitter to inquire about the possibility of Spider-Man joining the Venom and Morbius universes in the future.
Yes, “Spider-Man” exists in Venom’s universe, Espinoza replied when asked about it.
Espinosa teased Cinema Blend that “audiences will discover the answer soon” when asked about “which Spider-Man exists” in that world.
Tom Holland’s performance as Spider-Man has been the only reason the character has appeared in the MCU since Marvel Studios’ partnership with Sony Pictures. Spider-Man is a major part of Sony’s superhero universe, so an appearance from one of the web-slinging superheroes is logical.
With characters like Venom and Morbius dominating the spotlight now, the sticky hero’s place in this universe isn’t clear. In addition, Sony has avoided providing any kind of definitive answer as to whether or not any version of Spider-Man will appear in these upcoming films.
The post-credits scene from Venom 2 came closest to being definitive. However, it was undone by what happened at the conclusion of Spider-Man: No Way Home. For now, fans will have to wait and see what Sony has in store for Spider-Man, since the MCU and the SSMU are clearly distinct entities. Hopefully, the studio will find a way to integrate Spider-Man into the fold without causing too much of a headache, but there is no way to guarantee that.