Despite Sony sharing Tom Holland’s Spider-Man with Marvel, there’s little to no overlap between the characters and franchises that Sony produces. For example, both of Sony’s Venom films — the 2018 version with Tom Hardy and the upcoming Venom: Let There Be Carnage later this year — won’t even touch on any connection to Peter Parker. And that’s something that feels a little weird, as the two characters are so closely entwined in the comics.
But all hope may not be lost. Sony Pictures President Sanford Panitch says that there’s a plan for Peter to appear in films that aren’t developed within Marvel Studios.
“There actually is a plan. 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,” Pantich said in an interview with Variety.
Panitch’s comments all but point to the confirmation that we’re going to get a multiverse-type of crossover where previous Spider-Mans like Tobey Macguire and Andrew Garfield show up, as well as Mary Jane actresses Emma Stone and Kirsten Dunst. And that could also include characters like Venom, or Kraven the Hunter which, it was recently confirmed, will be played by former Quicksilver actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Pantich remained vague when discussing the crossover potential between the two, but did indicate that he had an “excellent” relationship with Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige.
“The great thing is we have this very excellent relationship with Kevin. There’s an incredible sandbox there to play with. We want those MCU movies to be absolutely huge, because that’s great for us and our Marvel characters, and I think that’s the same thing on their side. But we have a great relationship. There’s lots of opportunities, I think, that are going to happen,” he said.
And what about that rumor that Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin will return to the Spider-verse to lead his own version of The Sinister Six? While anything goes, Pantich also teased that he was on board with the idea, so maybe these rumors aren’t as outlandish as we think they are. After all…if what’s dubbed the “worst kept secret” in Marvel history, aka Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s cameos, can be a legitimate rumor, anything goes.
Spider-Man: No Way Home hits theaters in December. A trailer should be arriving in the near future (if Sony’s teasing is anything to be believed) and we’ll know a little more about what kind of story to expect. But for now, fans can rest assured that their favorite Spider-Man characters might get to play in the same sandbox after all.
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