When it comes to the Venom movie and other future Spider-Man spinoffs being produced by Sony Pictures, the consensus has seemed to be that these movies will not be part of the MCU. In an interview with AlloCiné last week (as transcribed by ScreenGeek), Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige echoed this sentiment with the following statement:
“For now, there is no plan for Venom in the MCU. It’s a Sony project.”
For anyone not keeping track, Marvel and Sony have joined forces on Spider-Man: Homecoming and its sequels, with Marvel handling Spider-Man’s appearances in the Avengers films and Sony handling Spidey spinoffs such as Venom and the Black Cat/Silver Sable project. Feige’s statement seems to indicate that Venom and the rest of Sony’s spinoffs have no connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it might not be that simple after all.
In an interview with Filmstarts, Venom producer Amy Pascal gives an answer that deviates quite a bit from Feige’s. Note that Feige is literally sitting right beside Pascal when she says this:
“Those movies will now take place in the world we’re creating for Peter Parker. They’ll be adjunct to it, they may be different locations, but it will still all be in the same world and they will be connected to each other.”
While it’s still not totally clear what all of this means, Pascal’s comments suggest that Venom and the other Spider-Man spinoffs will function similarly to how Netflix’s Marvel TV series do: they’ll be set in the same universe but will have little-to-no bearing on what happens in the rest of the MCU.
The real question is whether Tom Holland’s Peter Parker will be making an appearance in Venom. “There’s a chance,” says Pascal, but we’re sure to find out for sure as we get closer to the film’s October 5th, 2018 release date.