Looks like VENOM and SILVER & BLACK May Take Place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe After All

While Sony is collaborating with Marvel Studios on a new series of Spider-Man films - beginning with this summer's Homecoming - the former studio is planning movies outside of the deal. Next year will see the release of Venom, starring Tom Hardy and rumored to be rated R, while Sony is also developing Silver & Black, which will star the characters Silver Sable and Black Cat. 

It has been rumored that these movies would launch Sony's own Marvel universe, separate from the MCU. Also, Marvel's Kevin Feige said just the other day that there is currently "no plan" for Venom to join the MCU. However, another producer claims that these films will indeed take place in the MCU.

In a press junket interview shared by @tomhupdates (transcription via io9), Spider-Man producer Amy Pascal says that Venom and Silver & Black do take place in the same world as Homecoming and, therefore, the MCU. "The movies will all take place in the world that we’re now creating for Peter Parker. I mean, they’ll be adjuncts to it, there may be different locations, but it will still all be in the same world and they will be connected to each other." When asked if Tom Holland's Spider-Man could appear in at least one of these movies, Pascal says it's "always" possible.

Given Feige's past comments and Pascal's current comments, fans may be confused. I mean, look at Feige's facial expressions in the interview clip. But what it sounds like is that, while Venom and Silver & Black aren't actually being made by Marvel Studios, they still do - or could - take place in the same universe as the other movies. 

I'm speculating that their connections to the MCU will be like Marvel's television shows: some references and maybe even a couple characters from the movies, but beyond that, they take place in their own locations with their own characters. It's also possible that they were waiting to announce the connection - possibly to see how Homecoming performs first? - and Pascal jumped the gun. Who knows.

Hopefully, we'll have definite clarification on this soon. Stay tuned.

Venom is scheduled to hit theaters on October 5th, 2018.

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