No one at Sony or Marvel seems to be able get their story straight when it comes to the question of whether Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man spin-off films Venom and Silver & Black (based on Black Cat and Silver Sable) are connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe or not. Just the other week, Venom producer Amy Pascal gave an interview where she seemed to indicate that the Spidey spin-offs would take place in the same shared universe, but will “be adjunct to it.” However, Pascal appears to have backpedaled on that statement.
Speaking with IGN on the phone over the weekend, Pascal was asked to set the record straight on whether Venom and Silver & Black will have any connection whatsoever to the MCU. Here is her response:
“These are standalone movies,” said Pascal, who cited 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise as an example of what the Spidey spin-offs’ relation to the MCU will be. In other words, they will not directly tie into the MCU at all.
Pascal was then asked if Venom star Tom Hardy will be the face of the spin-off universe so that Sony Pictures won’t have to rely on the involvement of Spider-Man actor Tom Holland. Pascal seemed a little dodgy on the question of whether Holland will be involved somehow. “Know what I think? I think it’s a way to make a really great movie,” she said. “That’s what I think. I think that Tom Hardy is a brilliant actor and I think anchoring Venom with him is the anchor.”
And as for the reports that Carnage will be the villain in Venom, Pascal chuckled and said, “I can’t confirm anything! You’re used to talking to producers!”
Venom is being directed by Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer and set for release on October 5, 2018, while Gina Prince-Bythewood is in negotiations to direct Silver & Black, which is set to start production this fall.