A few months ago in March Kevin Feige – the current President of Production at Marvel Studios and the maestro behind the reigning box office champion franchise of the modern era – seemed on board with Sony’s decision to keep their spin-off franchises separate from the current Marvel Cinematic Universe. In a (not so) surprising twist, Sony’s very own Amy Pascal dropped it big that Venom and the other spin-off’s will in fact be a part of the MCU after all.
Pascal; “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.”
So, what’s really going on here? Pascal and Feige know each other from way back, and this quote occurs in a joint interview between the both of them, so it’s in all likelihood that this was a discussed project of some caliber. But, who’s telling the truth?
The simplest answer, really, is that BOTH are telling the truth. Yes, Venom and all other Sony spin-off’s are their own project and not included in the MCU. But you know what other projects are treated the same way?Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and their slew of Defenders related Netflix programming. So yes, Sony’s films may not be a direct part of the MCU, but they can still very well be set within that over arching storyline.
Corporate double speak seems to have gotten the best of both Marvel’s houses, and we’ve only just started to see the fruits of Sony and Disney’s working together. So far, it’s a win – and there’s really no reason to think otherwise until Sony produces their intended spin-offs.