Venom’s Future: What Does it Mean for Spider-Man’s Tom Holland?

Warning: Major SPOILERS ahead for Venom: Let There Be Carnage.

After Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Venom’s future could have a significant impact on Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. The fact that Sony owns the live-action rights to Spider-Man kept him out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at first, but that changed when Sony and Marvel Studios signed an unusual deal to share the famous superhero. This allowed Tom Holland to take on the role of Spider-Man and make his debut in Captain America: Civil War in 2016, and he’s remained an integral member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever since.

Tom Holland’s MCU Future Explained

Venom's Future: What Does it Mean for Spider-Man's Tom Holland?
Tom Holland

Beyond two films, Holland’s future as Spider-Man is unknown. There was a point when these planned appearances appeared even more implausible. After failing to reach an agreement with Disney to continue sharing Spider-Man, Sony began to consider how to employ Holland instead.

There’s a good likelihood that Sony and Disney’s current Spider-Man pact will be renewed again, as production on Spider-Man: No Way Home appears to have been fairly collaborative in order to pull off a tale that works for both shared universes. If the deal is renewed, Holland will be able to continue playing Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the foreseeable future. Otherwise, Spider-Man would be torn from the MCU and resurrected alone in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe.

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Will Spider-Man Lead The Spider-Verse?

Venom's Future: What Does it Mean for Spider-Man's Tom Holland?
Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire, Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield

After Venom: Let There Be Carnage, the biggest issue surrounding Spider-future Man’s is whether he’ll go on to lead Sony’s Spider-Verse. Spider-Man is unique in his capacity to travel between realities, according to Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige. Holland’s hero will spend time in both the MCU and the Spider-Verse, and Venom 2’s post-credits scenes further add to that conviction. However, it’s unclear how much Holland’s character will connect with the Spider-Man universe created by Sony. The solution could be determined by how Sony and Marvel Studios agreed to work together in the future. If the Spider-Verse is permanently joining the main MCU continuity as a result of the multiverse splitting, Holland can command this sector of the universe while still playing a prominent role in the MCU.

Venom's Future: What Does it Mean for Spider-Man's Tom Holland?
Tom Holland

In either case, Holland’s Spider-Man is the obvious pick to lead the Spider-Verse. Meanwhile, it makes the most sense for Sony’s universe to focus more on Spider-Man as the central character, allowing characters like Venom, Morbius, Kraven the Hunter, Spider-Woman, and others to develop their stories around him. Venom: Let There Be Carnage is the first formal hint that Sony is working on its Spider-Verse, and Holland’s Spider-Man should be a part of it going forward.

Written by Prachee Mishra