Confusion and uncertainty would be good descriptors of how fans feel about Tom Holland’s future as “Spider-Man.” Sony Pictures‘ has multiple ‘Spider-Man’ spinoffs in the works developing their splinter cinematic universe featuring characters such as Venom, Carnage, Morbius, and Kraven, among others, but how does Spider-Man factor into those projects given, he’s so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which seems fairly disconnected from Sony’s Spider-verse? And is “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” the appearance of Doctor Strange and deeper exploration of the multiverse, going to the film that’s finally going to bridge the Sony and Marvel-verses as speculation suggests?
While there are plenty of still-unconfirmed rumors concerning Marvel’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” it’s been confirmed that actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Doctor Strange, Jamie Foxx‘s Electro, and Alfred Molina‘s Doctor Octopus will be part of the character lineup (Emma Stone recently shot down rumors that she was going to reprise her role as Gwen Stacy from the ‘Amazing’ franchise, see below).
Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group President Sanford Panitch also gave a little bit of clarity in a recent interview with Variety, where he mentions that they do indeed have crossover plans that will be revealed to the public once “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is released on December 17.
“There actually is a plan,” he said. “I think now maybe it’s getting a little more clear for people where we’re headed, and I think when ‘No Way Home’ comes out, even more will be revealed,” Sony’s Sanford Panitch said.
We can only assume this will bolster previous rumblings that Andrew Garfield and others would reprise their previous roles (he’s vehemently denied this). Collider recently mentioned more bold claims on their The Sneider Cut podcast, stating the sequel will include the return of Willem Dafoe‘s Green Goblin and the addition of the Sinister Six. Who knows at this point.
Speaking of Sinister Six, when asked about reviving plans to make a spinoff film, the exec said it could be “very cool.” At one time, during the “Amazing Spider-Man” Andrew Garfield era, “Cabin In The Woods” director Drew Goddard was attached to make a “Sinister Six” movie until those plans dissolved.
Oddly enough, despite the teases for crossovers, Panitch reaffirmed that Spider-Man wouldn’t appear in the upcoming “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” a sentiment that director Andy Serkis mentioned during a trailer breakdown for IGN. In that video, the filmmaker made the bold reveal that the characters in the film aren’t even aware Spider-Man exists yet, suggesting that the multiverse could eventually connect them.
At the same time, Sony doesn’t feel at all limited by existing without the Marvel Cinematic Universe; they own nearly 1,000 characters and believe that’s more than enough to sustain their universe.
“We don’t really think of our 900 characters as the Spidey-verse. We have a Marvel universe,” Panitch said. “The volume of characters we have — you know, wait until you see this next Venom. You don’t miss Spider-Man,” he said before pausing to add, “It’ll be exciting if they do meet, right?”
The studio believes the working relationship between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige is “excellent” and teased future “opportunities.” This comes after the two studios have butted heads on multiple occasions and Holland saying “No Way Home” is currently the last film on his Marvel contract.
Could they announce an extended deal, or will Marvel take a bigger creative hand with their spinoffs? Only time will time.