Sony’s ever-expanding Spider-Man franchise is starting to expand. They have the cooperation with Marvel Studios, which allowed Tom Holland‘s version of the character to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Into the Spider-Verse created its own animated universe with a multitude of webheads. Now, we also have the additional live-action Venom franchise, which seems far removed from the MCU even though Morbius‘ first trailer included a direct reference with the inclusion of Michael Keaton. So, we’ve been wondering if Sony and Marvel struck a deal that their expanded compendium will also be part of the franchise. Well, it seems that Venom: Let There Be Carnage director Andy Serkis offered some insight during a trailer breakdown for IGN.
Obviously, there are links between Venom and Spider-Man and the Marvel Universe and the Spider-Man story. We’re treating this very much as it’s his own world. The Venom story is his own world. There are nods and little moments [like the shot of the newspaper the Daily Bugle], of course, but on the whole, he’s unaware. They are unaware, at this point, of other characters like Spider-Man. So, that’s the way we’ve chosen to play this particular episode of the movie, but, well, we’ll wait and see. We’ll see what little things you can pick out of it.
In a way, he continues to keep the door open if Tom Hardy‘s Venom could eventually become part of the MCU. The referenced newspaper includes words that seem to spell out “Avengers” which is printed on a Sam Raimi era Daily Bugle newspaper. We’ve had this confusion before when Morbius included references to the MCU version of Spider-Man, but also included a mural of his 2002 film. “Murderer” sprayed over it would imply the film takes place after Spider-Man: Far From Home. For now, the connections remain vague until we get a clearer picture of where or if the franchise takes place in the wider MCU.