– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Once upon a time, Sony had extremely vast, extremely expansive plans for Spider-Man. The studio owns the movie rights for the character, of course, and they saw what Marvel Studios was doing and decided they wanted in on that action. They were going to turn the Spider-Man franchise into its own cinematic universe. They felt that since they had access to all of his great rogues, and his popular supporting cast, that they had enough material to make a whole Spider-Man world- complete with sequels, spinoffs, and offshoots. 

Then those plans all came crashing down, quite famously, and Sony soon found themselves at the Marvel Studios offices asking, “Instead of continuing to build our own universe, can we just get Spider-Man into yours?” And a deal was struck.

Many of the particulars of the deal have remained shrouded in mystery. As of now, we know that Spider-Man made his much-ballyhooed Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War. We know that Marvel Studios is basically calling all the shots when it comes to Spider-Man: Homecoming, and we’ve heard rumors that the webslinger may pop up in one of the next two Avengers flicks. Outside of that, we don’t really know much. We can all assume, of course, that they want to make more Spider-Man sequels, but we don’t know exactly what their timeline is.

Will it be every two years, like Sony’s original plans? Will it be more at the discretion of Marvel honcho Kevin Feige and where he sees future Spider-Man movies fitting into the studio’s Phases?

Well, we still don’t have precise answers to those questions, but what we do have is this new comment from Tom Holland- who plays Peter Parker/Spider-Man nowadays. According to him, the sequel is already being discussed and- more importantly- they’re putting thought into the villain:

“My next project, I can’t tell you about, but we’ve just finished ‘Spider-Man’ and we’re talking about the second one and who the villain is going to be and where we’re going.”

That’s what Holland told WWD in a recent interview. Rumors have swirled, as of late, that Sony/Marvel are interested in adapting the Maximum Carnage storyline from the comic books to the big screen. Might the fact that Marvel’s films are heading into the cosmos help them with that? Is it far-fetched to think that during Avengers: Infinity War, as Thanos’s forces invade the earth from space that a certain symbiote presence may make its way to New York and latch itself onto Peter?

One of the great benefits, aside from the obvious, of Spider-Man now being a part of MCU is that it really opens the door for all of his baddies. With Norse gods, Ancient Ones, talking raccoons, andalien invaders all firmly part of Marvel’s playbook, the folks working on Spider-Man can go as “out there” as they want with the villains. 

Who’s a Spider-Man villain we haven’t seen yet that you would love to see on the big screen? Think Maximum Carnage is a good way to go for them, if the rumors are true? What story arc would you propose as an alternative to that? Discuss!


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.