Mention Sony in the same breath as a Marvel movie, and the anxiety starts to rear its head. And then the questions start. Is is a Sony Marvel movie or a Marvel Studios Sony Marvel movie? It may sound like gibberish to the uninitiated, but to many fans, it’s a very important question to ask. It’s the difference between an Amazing Spider-Man 2 and a Spider-Man: Homecoming. So, when it was revealed that Sony would be releasing a Marvel movie on October 21, 2021, that very same question arose.
The Facts As They As They Stand
As of this writing, we only know a few things. First up is that this year will see the release of Morbius and Venom 2. Both movies, as far as we know, have been produced entirely separately from Marvel Studios. Perhaps most interesting is the inclusion of Michael Keaton in Morbius, with the assumption that he is Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Adrian Toomes. The second known fact is that Sony is releasing the third Tom Holland Spider-Man movie in July of 2021, which is produced in conjunction with Marvel Studios.
Finally, we know that Sony has set a date for an unknown Marvel movie on October 7, 2021. As far as we know, this is something that is set only to be released by Sony and not Marvel Studios…but I question whether or not that’s the case. But before I dig into that, let’s dig into the rumors.
Spider-Woman Movie On The Way?
As I reported yesterday, Spider-Woman was rumored to be the film to take up that October 7, 2021 spot. This is a character that Marvel Studios only has partial character rights to. As it stands, they can only use the name Jessica Drew — and they can’t even give her her Spider-Woman moniker or spider abilities. Sony, on the other hand, has full rights to the character, and can use her in whatever capacity they like.
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However, as many fans of the comics know, Spider-Woman has actually a big part of the Secret Invasion storyline in the comics. Furthermore, we’ve heard separate rumors that Secret Invasion is a storyline that will be playing out in the MCU over the next few years. With that in mind, would they want Spider-Woman? I know, the MCU projects aren’t beholden to the projects, but it’s an interesting prospect nonetheless. This is made all the more interesting by…
The History Of October 7, 2021
You all may remember this past May when Disney released their slate of movies through 2027. At the time, the House of Mouse had an untitled Disney live-action film scheduled for October 7, 2021.
However, in November of that same year, that live-action movie was mysteriously removed. Now, instead, there’s an untitled 20th Century Studios film on October 1 and another on October 22 — neither of which would likely even compete with a comic book movie. This news all came just shy of two months after Sony and Disney tussled over Spider-Man film rights.
So What Does This Mean?
Call me a conspiracy theorist (and you’re right to in this instance), but is all this indicative of Sony and Marvel Studios working together on a Marvel movie for that October 7, 2021 date? Between the Spider-Woman rumors, her involvement in Secret Invasion, the Secret Invasion MCU rumors, and the history of that October 7 release date, is it crazy to think that some sort of collusion could be happening here?
Marvel Studios may want Spider-Woman for their Secret Invasion, and it just so happens Sony has those rights. Similarly, Sony may want to further entwine their own universe into Marvel’s, especially given the backlash following the Spider-Man fiasco last year. Could the removal of a live-action Disney title last October have been our first hit to a collaboration?
It’s obviously little more than reading tea leaves, but I’m becoming increasingly interested in that secret film — especially since Sony may have had a rude awakening when they realized how much fan support they didn’t have following the Spider-Man rights fiasco last year.
What do you think? Do you think Sony and Marvel Studios are in cahoots? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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