Holland may well have paved the way for a cinematic crossover like the world has never seen, which speaks volumes at a time when it seems that every conceivable IP is online to get its own cinematic universe. As you may know, Sony continues to produce solo adventures with Spidey’s MCU game, as well as MCU-free movies based on the wall robot’s auxiliary characters (like Venom, which has collected over 850 million dollars worldwide). The Sony series is known as the “Sony Universe of Marvel Characters” or SUMC for short.
In September 2019, after Sony and Marvel were reconciled, Marvel Studios president honcho and Geek King Kevin Feige teased that the two studios could prepare plans for Spidey to bridge the gap between SUMC and MCU. “[Spider-Man] happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross the cinematic universes, as Sony continues to develop their own towards Spidey, you never know what surprises the future might hold, “said Feige at the time (via Variety).
It may not take long for this tease to materialize. The trailer for the next SUMC entry this summer Morbius, featured a photo of a Spidey poster (actually a promotional image for the PS4 game Marvel Spider-Man) disfigured by reading graffiti, “MURDERER” – an apparent reference to Peter Parker having been framed for the “murder” of Quentin Beck / Mysterio in Spider-Man: away from home. It seems that this is the first instance of the two franchises that recognize each other … and this could just herald a partial or complete merger of the two universes.
Fortunately, Morbius will make the strategy of the two studios clearer. The film hits theaters on July 31, 2020.