Disney has the Marvel Cinematic Universe. DC has the so-called DC Extended Universe. Warner Bros. has the MonsterVerse. But what of Sony?
With Fox in the process of selling its assets to Disney, Sony is now the last remaining studio that still owns the cinematic rights to certain Marvel characters. While the studio struck a deal with Marvel to have Spider-Man appear in the MCU in such movies as Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, the entire situation about Sony’s Marvel characters is a bit complicated. Certain characters can be shared with Marvel, while others can only be used by Sony. However, these characters cannot, so far as we know, be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Therefore, Sony is currently in the process of creating its own shared cinematic universe based around the Spider-Man characters that are at the studio’s disposal. First on Sony’s list is Venom, starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, who comes into contact with an alien parasite that grants him superpowers. While the character is known as a Spider-Man villain, he will instead be the hero of his own solo film. Then, after that, Sony has tapped director Daniel Espinosa to helm a solo Morbius the Living Vampire film starring Jared Leto.
And this is only the beginning. Sony has further plans for many more Spider-Man-adjacent characters — characters who, like Marvel’s the Avengers, will share the same cinematic universe. But what will Sony’s universe of films be called? Well, it turns out that while the studio’s first solo film isn’t even out yet, a name has already been picked out. According to Variety, Sanford Panitch, president of Columbia Pictures, has confirmed that Sony’s Marvel Comics-based films are being internally referred to as Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters, or SUMC for short.
The name is definitely vague, and it’s rather curious that it makes no mention of Spider-Man, given that it’s the only corner of the Marvel Universe characters the studio has access to. Spider-Man may be able to stick to walls effortlessly, but only time will tell if the name of Sony’s shared superhero universe will stick.
Swinging into theaters on Oct. 5, Venom is directed by Ruben Fleischer and stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom, Michelle Williams as Anne Weying, and Riz Ahmed as Carlton Drake/Riot. Morbius, directed by Daniel Espinosa and starring Jared Leto, does not have a release date yet.
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