Spider-Man Spin-Offs are Separate from the MCU Films
Ever since Sony Pictures announced that there were going to continue on with their Spider-Man franchise without the famous web-slinger with two spin-off movies, people were a little confused as to how that could factor in with the current iteration hanging out with the Avengers. Past interview comments from the producers of Spider-Man: Homecoming certainly didn’t clear things up, either. IGN’s Jim Vejvoda contacted one of the producers of Homecoming, Amy Pascal, to set the record straight.
First of all, which movies are we talking about? Legion of Leia already knew about Venom and the fact that Tom Hardy is being courted to play the title character. What we didn’t know (because we kinda fell behind a little) was that the second spin-off movie was Silver & Black, a movie about Spider-Man femme fatales Sable and Black Cat.
“These are standalone movies,” Pascal told IGN. She cited the X-Men franchise as a perfect example of how separate they from the MCU. But the Spider-Man property is in a slightly more unique position. Spidey is technically on loan for Marvel/Disney to use since the webslinger’s recent movies haven’t been living up to Sony’s expectations. So while Marvel Studios is using the character right now (and probably for a good long time), Sony still gets to reap some of the rewards.
As evidenced by their actions recently, we definitely know now Sony is able to use the Spider-Man franchise by banking on some of the other notable characters featured in the Spidey Universe.
But without Spider-Man, will Tom Hardy’s Venom become the new face of this extended universe without the main anchor thwipping around?
Pascal said, “Know what I think? I think it’s a way to make a really great movie. That’s what I think. I think that Tom Hardy is a brilliant actor and I think anchoring Venom with him is the anchor.”
As for whether or not Carnage will become the villain in he Venom movie, Pascal answered “I can’t confirm anything!”
Tom Hardy will star as Eddie Brock in Venom, Ruben Fleischer set to direct. Filming begins later this year and is scheduled to premiere on October 5, 2018.
Gina Prince-Bythewood (who directed the TV pilot for Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, premiering this fall on Freeform) is in negotiations to direct Silver & Black. She is also expected to rewrite the script that was originally penned by Christopher Yost (Thor: Ragnarok). Silver & Black is also aiming to start production this fall.