By now, everyone knows that, a few years ago, Marvel Studios and Sony struck a deal that would allow the character of Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The wall-crawler would first appear in Captain America: Civil War, his own solo film (and its sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home) and, of course, Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled Avengers 4.
However, that didn't stop Sony from developing its own cinematic universe based around Spider-Man-related characters, a universe that came into being with the release of last October's Venom solo film.
The success of the Tom Hardy-led film was always a bit of a gamble, especially given that Spider-Man would have no part to play in the movie, or the anti-hero's origin. This had some fans hoping that, if the movie would turn out to be a failure, perhaps Sony would strike another deal with Marvel that would secure Spider-Man's place, as well as his tangent characters, in the MCU.
However, that may not be case. In fact, according to an analysis conducted by Business Insider, the unprecedented success of Venom is a massive win for Sony, and it will allow the studio to go full steam ahead with its plans for a shared cinematic universe of its own. "If it had failed, there is a chance Sony would have definitely returned to the bargaining table with Disney," Exhibitor Relations senior box-office analyst Jeff Bock explains. "Now, that's up in the air.
According to Bock, the studio "took a calculated risk with 'Venom,' and it's now going to be a series. It seems Disney needs Sony's 'Spider-Man' more than Sony needs Disney ... If they consistently make films audiences want to see, Disney will have to buy Sony to get 'Spider-Man' back."
Therefore, Venom's success could mean that Avengers 4 and Spider-Man: Far From Home will be the last Spider-Man adventures in the MCU -- that is, unless Disney buys Sony altogether.
While a sequel to Venom hasn't been announced yet, an announcement is expected shortly. Next up, Sony will follow its symbiote-covered movie with a film based on Morbius, the Living Vampire, with actor Jared Leto attached to star.
Directed by Ruben Fletcher, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate,Woody Harrelson, Sope Aluko, Scott Deckert, Marcella Bragio, and Michelle Lee. The film is out in theaters now.