When the Venom movie was first announced, people were a little perplexed. After the deal to let the Marvel Cinematic Universe use Spider-Man, it seemed to be a counterproductive move for them. The back and forth has been, that whilst it seems unlikely to be a part of the MCU as Marvel would have no quality control, it also seems like Venom and characters like Black Cat and Silver Sable can't really exist in a universe without Spider-Man.
Here at LRM we have been pondering the reasons behind this move from Sony, and only recently Kevin Feige said that there were no plans to use Venom in the MCU, so that seemed to confirm it was a standalone thing... Right?
However, Twitter account Tom Holland Updates more recently an interview with Amy Pascal confirming that Venom will be part of the same universe as Tom Holland's Spider-Man. She even hints that Spidey could show up in one of these movies? It's quite a shock given the debate that was raging, and frankly if it was just Pascal herself, I would probably pass it off as bluster and wishful thinking, but when you watch the video below you'll see that yes, that's Kevin Feige sitting right next to her smiling.
Now, one could argue that the Marvel Studios head honcho looks a little uneasy at Pascal's comments, but I can't see a scenario where she says that without these talks having already taken place beforehand. Kevin certainly does nothing to counter the words of Pascal in the interview (then again, why would he?).
So.... Have we just had it confirmed that Sony are both doing their own thing with other Spidey characters and setting it all in the same universe as the the canon MCU? Given Sony's track record recently I would be worried about that if I was Kevin Feige. But then do we really know what the Spider-Man deal really entailed? It's possible that some changes were more recently made to make this whole deal possible. Perhaps this is the tradeoff, Disney gets to use Spider-Man in their world, and Sony gets the links to the MCU that validates their brand? What could get tricky down the line is how the MCU deals with a potential bad story decision that Sony makes which could be hard to ignore in the rest of the MCU.
I must say this writer was not expecting to hear that interview this weekend.
What do you think of Pascal's comments in the presence of Kevin Feige no less? Let us know in the comments below if you are as surprised as I am.
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SOURCE: Tom Holland Updates (via Twitter)