Sony’s Venom movie is rumored to include a cameo from Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.
After the Andrew Garfield-starring The Amazing Spider-Man 2 failed to launch a shared universe full of characters connected to Peter Parker, Sony made a deal with Marvel Studios to welcome Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Holland first debuted as the wall-crawling superhero in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, then received his first solo outing in the MCU with last year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.
However, Sony was meanwhile planning their own superhero universe using Spider-Man characters. They announced a Venom movie starring Tom Hardy with Ruben Fleischer on board as the director, and tapped Gina Prince-Bythewood to helm Silver and Black, a film following Silver Sable and Black Cat. Still, it quickly became unclear whether Holland’s Spidey would be included in these films or this universe. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said, in no uncertain terms, Venom wouldn’t be connected to the MCU, but Sony producer Amy Pascal caused confusion in stating it would be “adjunct” to the MCU. Now, a new rumor will add further confusion and speculation to the fire.
Today on Movie Talk, Jon Schnepp said he heard a very different story and that Holland’s Spider-Man will in fact be in Venom:
“Spider-Man is going to be in Venom. For the last couple of months, we’ve been hearing how Sony is keeping it all separated, and Spider-Man is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but every other character that’s in the Spider-Man universe is separate. All I’m saying is that Spider-Man—and I’m talking about Tom Holland’s Spider-Man—is going to be in Venom.”
Holland along with producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal both said that Spider-Man wouldn’t appear in Venom, and that it wouldn’t even be a cameo role. And when you think about it, that makes a lot of sense. Think of all the complications that arise once you say Spider-Man and Venom exist in the same universe.