We’re talking about the MCU or the DCEU all the time, but there is another superhero cinematic universe that we hardly ever mention by name. This is the SSU; in other words, Sony’s Spider-Man Universe (Sony Pictures Spider-Man Universe). What is tremendously true is that this universe is very small. The MCU’s Spider-Man movies are not part of it. For this reason, at this moment it is made up of four films of which only one has been released: Venom – 35%. The three that are in development and with release dates are: Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Morbius, and Kraven the hunter. There are as many other films in development that have not yet been fully confirmed. For example, one focused on The Sinister Six and another that will star a female character, which could well be Spider-Woman, and that will be directed by Olivia Wilde. Additionally, there is also a television series on the doorstep that is expected to begin filming this year: Silk.
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The reason why Tom Holland films are not part of this universe is simple. Sony’s deal with Marvel has not allowed them. For many it was very strange that in the Venom movie there was no mention of Spider-Man. In fact, in all the others, it is also going to be something of the most unusual. As often happens with many superheroes, the origin of his villains is linked to him. In that sense, making films about them where he doesn’t exist is something risky and very strange. Above all, in the case of Venom.
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Tom Hardy has spoken on more than one occasion that he thinks that crossover should happen at some point in the MCU. Now he just did it in two interviews recently. The first was for . and in it he did not directly mention the arachnid hero, but he made it clear that he wants to go out with him and revealed what he thinks would have to happen for that to be a reality:
Yeah, it’s very difficult because for me and the guys at Venom-Verse … we come together under Sony and it’s who we work for, it’s who we race with. That’s our team, you know? And obviously, we see it as creative and we say, ‘Look at all those things that we could play with.’ But we really need to establish ourselves as someone they want to play with. Maybe someone who belongs to that world first. And do you like what we represent as Venom? Is this established? Once it is established, we will have to continue in the Venom-Verse. But at the same time, we have always sought to promote being able to play with all the brothers and sisters that are out there. You know what I mean? That we can get to connect the dots, that is something that depends on the constellations and that is beyond my pay, but we would be careless if we did not think about that while working on this material.
The second interview was for Comic Book, only in it he was explicit about that matter:
I think you can’t do a Venom story without knowing that Spider-Man is involved. He is somewhere, but we all know that there is a great constellation of events, you know, that need to move and operate around them. As adults, we have to think ‘Ok, we wait’. We wait for all those plans to land and when they do, we will see if we can get to one of them, but until then we concentrate on the work at hand that is Venom. But it’s always in the back of our minds, you know? ‘When am I going to be able to eat Spider-Man’?
Before you go, read: Venom: Let There Be Carnage | Andy Serkis confirms movie runtime