Sony, in association with Marvel Studios, have released the trailer Venom 2: There Will Be Carnage, and it is rumoured to star Tom Holland as Spider-Man.
The Sony deal for the Spider-Man rights was supposedly extended for a third film because Disney eventually agreed to allow Tom Holland to feature in Venom 2: There Will Be Carnage along side Tom Holland.
In early 2019 a partnership between Sony and Disney/Marvel that involved the film rights to Spider-Man and Peter Parker fell apart. Insider sources alleged that Disney failed to extend the initial agreement because they refused to include Venom in the current Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The deal to extend the agreement for a 5th and 6th film; respectively Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) and the upcoming third standalone film, No Way Home (2021). Sony also entirely funded the previous two films and kept Tom Holland on their payroll for any cameos he had in other MCU films.
Despite Sony forking out for the bill and allowing Disney to collect 5% of film profits including all merchandise sales (toys, merch, DVDs, etc), Disney demanded a larger cut and refused to integrate Tom Hardy’s Venom into the current cinematic universe. They even forced Sony to remove a small cameo featuring Tom Holland as Peter Parker in the first film.
Disney’s decision to strongarm Sony with their new negotiation backfired and fans and investors slammed the Mouse House for, essentially, walking away from the deal for something as “petty” creative differences. So they returned to the negotiating table and penned an agreement with Sony that secured Spider-Man in the MCU for several more films.
Universe crossover confirmed.
The new deal details that Marvel will now receive 25% of the profits while co-financing future films. Disney will also keep the profits earned from all Spider-Man merchandise. But the most interesting piece of detail in the new deal was a cross-universe crossover between Sony’s and Disney’s Spider-Verse… and it goes beyond just a small Tom Holland cameo.
Sony’s Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage and Morbius will, at minimum, loosely tie into the next phase in the MCU via Spider-Man, Kevin Feige teased.
“[Spider-Man] also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes,” Feige hinted in an official statement. “So as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”
According to a source, Feige wasn’t just talking about Tom Holland when he referred to Spider-Man but all previous film incarnations of the superhero: Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and potentially even the animated version from Into The Spider-Verse.
New evidence suggests that Spider-Man 3: No Way Home will see Peter Park explore a multiple universes — better known as the Spider-Verse — where he will encounter alternate versions of himself played by former Spidey actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.
Even the film title “No Way Home” strongly hints that Peter Parker will be thrust into an entire new universe where he is unable to escape from and that reportedly is Sony’s Spider-Verse. But will Tom Holland actually have a cameo in Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage?
Spider-Man to clash with Venom in part 3.
A source close to Sony told us that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will be sent to the Sony universe at the end of No Way Home and will play a pivotal role in two upcoming Sony movies. However, the upcoming Venom film releases a couple of months before the third standalone Spider-Man film, so there’s a chance that the Tom Holland cameo will only be revealed in a post-credit teaser scene.
The most likeliest outcome for the Sony/Disney tie-in is that Spider-Man will be sent to the Sony universe for a small role in Morbius and a major role Venom 3 at which he will fin his way back home to the MCU at the end of.
Both Sony and Disney have remained very tight-lip on the crossover details but have confirmed that we will see the two universes collide. So, there’s definitely a good chance that we will see the story arch for the crossover teased at the end of Venom 2: There Will Be Carnage.