Spider-Man is one of the few Marvel heroes with a supporting cast and rogues gallery wide enough to support an entire cinematic universe. And that’s exactly what Sony is trying to launch. Even as Tom Holland’s Spider-Man makes his mark on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters, or SUMC (as the studio is calling the series internally), is drawing from all corners of the Spider-Man franchise in order to create new movies starring characters like Venom and Black Cat. It’s a lot to keep track of, so we’ve put together a handy guide breaking down every Spider-Man-centric movie currently in the works at both Marvel and Sony and how exactly these projects are meant to fit together. Check them all out below!
Venom will be the first Spider-Man character to get a movie out of the new Sony universe line. Hitting theaters on October 5, 2018, Venom offers a new take on the anti-hero’s origin and draws from comic-book stories like Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes. Tom Hardy stars as Eddie Brock/Venom, with Riz Ahmed playing Life Foundation leader Carlton Drake and Michelle Williams playing district attorney Anne Weying. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) directed the film. The big mystery surrounding the Venom movie is what, if any, connection it shares with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fans have been given conflicting reports in the past, but it appears that Venom (as well as subsequent SUMC movies) will be taking place in a separate shared universe. That begs the question of whether Sony will cast its own version of Spider-Man at some point.
Learn all about Venom villain Riot in the video above.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Further complicating Spider-Man’s Hollywood career is the fact that Sony will be debuting a third Spider-Man universe in theaters in December 2018. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a CG-animated movie centered around teen hero Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore). Into the Spider-Verse will be the first Marvel movie to truly delve into the multiverse concept, as Miles will team up with an adult Peter Parker (Jake Johnson) and Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), both of whom have crossed over from their respective universes. So while Into the Spider-Verse isn’t technically connected to the MCU or the SUMC, it could be argued that they’re all part of a larger Marvel movie multiverse. Learn more about the Spider-Verse here.
The Avengers 4
As far as the MCU Spider-Man goes, 2019’s The Avengers 4 is the next time we’ll see that version of the character. That’s despite the fact that Tom Holland’s Peter Parker was among the numerous heroes who died at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. We’re expecting most, if not necessarily all of these characters to be resurrected in The Avengers 4, but actual plot details remain scarce right now. We don’t even know the official title yet.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
How can we be so sure Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is returning to life in The Avengers 4? Well, there’s the fact that he’ll be starring in a second solo Spider-Man movie three months after the release of The Avengers 4. Filming is currently underway on Spider-Man: Far From Home, which brings back director Jon Watts and much of the supporting cast from Spider-Man: Homecoming. Michael Keaton is expected to return in some capacity as Vulture, but the main villain this time is rumored to be Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio. As the subtitle hints, the film will be partly set in Europe, as Peter and his classmates embark on an international field trip and find new trouble along the way.
Learn all about Far From Home villain Mysterio in the video above.
After Venom, Morbius will likely be the next Spider-Man supporting character to star in his own SUMC movie. Jared Leto has been cast as Dr. Michael Morbius, a brilliant scientist who inadvertently transforms himself into a “living vampire” and becomes an outcast. Matt Sazama and Buck Sharpless (Dracula Untold, The Last Witch Hunter, and Gods of Egypt) penned the screenplay, and Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Life) has been tapped to direct. Learn more about Morbius here.
Kraven the Hunter
Sony is also shining a spotlight on Kraven the Hunter. One of Spider-Man’s oldest rogues, Kraven is a skilled hunter who sets his sights on Spider-Man after conquering all other prey in the animal kingdom. He’s also the central antagonist in the seminal comic storyline Kraven’s Last Hunt, which could easily serve as a source of inspiration for the movie. For now, though, all that’s known is that Richard Wenk (The Equalizer) has been hired to write the screenplay.
Along with Venom, one of the earliest Spider-Man spinoff movies Sony pursued was Silver & Black, a team-up movie featuring mercenary Silver Sable and master thief/occasional Spider-Man love interest Black Cat. While Sony went as far as hiring director Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) and dating the film for a February 2019 release, it’s since fallen off the schedule. Instead, the studio is now reworking Silver & Black into a solo Black Cat movie. Prince-Bythewood remains attached as a producer.
Nightwatch is easily the most obscure Marvel character being tapped for the SUMC. This vigilante hero wears a durable nanotechnology costume that enhances his strength by stimulating his adrenal glands. Interestingly, Variety reported in March 2018 that director Spike Lee is in talks to direct the film.
A more recent addition to Spider-Man’s world, Silk is a heroine who was bitten by the same radioactive spider that gave Peter Parker his powers. Resurfacing after a decade spent locked in an underground bunker, Cindy Moon has followed the example of Spider-Man and become a costumed superhero. Cindy has actually made small appearances in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War (played by Tiffany Espensen). But as it looks like the SUMC is separate from the MCU, we assume the role will be recast for the Silk movie. Little else is known about the project right now, other than that Sony hopes to use it as an opportunity to boost superhero representation by spotlighting a Korean-American heroine.
Another fairly recent addition to the Spider-Man universe, Jackpot has often fought alongside Spider-Man in defense of New York City. When she was first introduced, readers were led to believe she was actually Mary Jane Watson in disguise. Instead, it was eventually revealed that Jackpot is an identity used by two different women – genetic researcher Sara Ehret and her admirer, Alana Jobson. Variety reported in August 2018 that a Jackpot movie is currently in development, but no cast, director or writer have been revealed so far. Which of the Spider-Man spin-offs are you most looking forward to? Let’s discuss in the comments!