The popularity of Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures’ joint Spider-Man effort was first tested in 2016 when Captain America: Civil War introduced Tom Holland as the latest incarnation of the Web-Slinger, garnering effusive praise from critics and audiences alike. Holland’s Spider-Man became a bonafide hit last year, when his first solo outing in Spider-Man: Homecoming won big at the box office.
Since then, Spider-Man has gone on to become a pivotal player in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A sequel, Spider-Man: Far From Home, has effectively been confirmed by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. But Sony has yet to follow-up with their own solo outing in the Spider-Verse. All of that is about to change, though.
Rumors of Spider-Verse characters getting solo films have existed for years, but it’s only just recently that tangible casting information and word of early scripting efforts have started to sound a lot more credible. Unfortunately, nearly every Spider-Man-adjacent big screen project beyond Venom is obscured in the haze of pre-production uncertainty.
So, let’s look at exactly what Spider-Man side stories are reportedly coming from Sony and round up what we know about each one.
Venom is the first of Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming follow-up movies. The film stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist who is exposed to a mysterious alien symbiote that bonds with his body. Once the two are bonded, Eddie is afforded all the benefits of their relationship -- super strength, speed and a living black super suit with a mind of its own -- as long as they can work together.
Venom has been in the works since just after the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014. It took until 2017 for Hardy to confirm he would play the titular antihero on the big screen, but, once casting was set, production on the film was not delayed. The film wrapped production in January and is now slated for release on Oct. 5. As the first of Sony’s Spider-Verse stories, Venom is liable to set the tone for future entries.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse isn’t a Spider-Man: Homecoming follow-up per se, but the animated movie bears noting if only for how promising it looks. Into the Spider-Verse is the big screen debut of perhaps the most popular alternate reality Spider-Man of all time, Miles Morales, and is produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the team behind the massively successful The LEGO Movie.
RELATED: What the Heck Is the Spider-Verse?
In Into the Spider-Verse, Miles discovers that he is not the only Spider-Man. The film plays heavily on the concept of the Marvel Multiverse, exploring alternate realities that have their own versions of Spider-Man -- Peter Parker and Spider-Gwen both make an appearance. The first trailer for Into the Spider-Verse dropped late in 2017, showcasing the film’s unique visual style. Into the Spider-Verse releases in theaters on Dec. 14.