There's been a ton of contradiction and confusion surrounding Venom's place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Upon the announcement of a film starring the Marvel Comics anti-hero, Sony seemed to indicate the film would be outside the MCU -- while producer Amy Pascal would later go on to say Venom, in addition to characters like Black Cat and Silver Sable, are indeed within the live-action shared universe, which is also inhabited by the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and most recently, Spider-Man.
Well, thanks to ComicBook.com, we have a definitive answer surrounding those Sony characters' place in the MCU. Here it is: Venom, Black Cat, Silver Sable and the rest of the Sony-verse Spider-Man characters will not be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"Here's what we're doing: all these characters are a part of the Marvel comic book universe," Pascal said. "In that universe, they are all related to each other. Kevin [Feige] makes characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These characters are separate, except for Spidey, who belongs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is why he's there."
When asked if a Spider-Man/Venom crossover could be possible down the road, Feige said, "We never say never," then continued, "You could ask me, 'Is Superman gonna be there?' I go, 'Never say never,' but not any time soon."
So, there you have it, the Tom Hardy-led Venom film will exist outside the Marvel Cinematic Universe.