Spider-Man and related characters will be returning to cinemas regularly over the next few years thanks to Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios’ ever-expanding production slate. Though Peter Parker has been a superhero icon for decades, the late 2010s saw the web-slinger enjoy a period of unparalleled prominence in pop culture. Spider-Man was a highlight of Avengers: Endgame (despite his death in Avengers: Infinity War). Then, Marvel’s Spider-Man – the blockbusting PS4 game – wowed critics and fans alike. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, ended up becoming the standout release of 2018’s holiday season, and Spider-Man: Far From Home took Tom Holland on an adventure around Europe.
Thanks to the unprecedented deal between Marvel and Sony, Tom Holland’s youthful iteration of Spider-Man continues to exist as part of the MCU. However, Sony ultimately retains the motion picture rights to the Spider-Man mythos, and is committed to bringing his various friends and foes to the big screen – a process that began with the release of Venom in 2018.
Along with the various feature Spider-Man films being produced, eight spinoffs are currently in development too. Here are all the Spidey-related titles we can expect to see over the coming years.
Tom Hardy’s Venom sequel was supposed to land just two years after his Eddie Brock debut, but COVID-19 had other ideas, pushing Venom: Let There Be Carnage back to October 2021 with a possibility of further delays. As the champion of Sony’s comic book universe, Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock continues to act as the Lethal Protector of San Francisco, this time going up against Woody Harrelson’s fellow symbiote, Carnage. Considering Hardy’s Venom contract consists of three movies, it’s very likely that a Venom 3 will turn up several years down the line if Venom: Let There Be Carnage ends up being as successful as the first film.
After Ruben Fleischer took the helm in 2018, Venom: Let There Be Carnage is directed by Andy Serkis, and brings a lighter tone where Eddie and Venom are an odd-couple pairing struggling to coexist. Eddie visits serial killer Cletus Kasady in jail, and the deranged murderer gets a taste for symbiote, transforming into Carnage, whose appearance has earned plaudits thus far. Michelle Williams returns as Anne, and she’ll be joined by Naomie Harris as Shriek and Stephen Graham as Mulligan.
There’s already a ridiculous amount of excitement for Peter Parker’s third MCU outing, Spider-Man: No Way Home. While it briefly appeared that the Marvel Studios and Sony partnership was in jeopardy, the companies eventually worked things out, and Spider-Man: No Way Home will finally release in December 2021.
Picking up in the wake of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter Parker seeks out Doctor Strange, believing the Avengers’ resident sorcerer can make the world forget his secret identity by casting a spell. Ignoring Wong’s warnings, Strange agrees, but Peter messes with the spell and triggers a whole heap of multiverse madness. Tom Holland will face off against Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, and Jamie Foxx’s Electro (from The Amazing Spider-Man 2) is also confirmed. The Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer hinted at Sandman and Lizard, and other names heavily rumored for comebacks include Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield (both as Sony’s Spider-Man), and Charlie Cox’s Daredevil.
Spider-Man: No Way Home will once again be directed by Jon Watts and feature the usual supporting lineup of MJ (Zendaya), Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon), Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau).
Sony has a plethora of live-action comic book properties in the works, continuing the Sony Spider-Man villain universe started by 2018’s Venom. First up is Mobius, Sony’s next Marvel movie as confirmed by producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad. Jared Leto takes the title role, with support from Matt Smith as Loxias Crown and Tyrese Gibson as Simon Stroud, with Daniel Espinosa directing.
Charting the tragic tale of a biochemist-turned-vampire, Mobius began shooting in February 2019 to meet its July 31, 2020 release date, but COVID-19 pushed the film back to its current January 2022 slot. The first trailer for Morbius revealed snippets of Jared Leto’s horror-tinged origin story but, more intriguingly, reintroduced Michael Keaton’s Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming, marking the first MCU character to appear in a Sony venture.
Sony has big plans for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2, which will be directed by Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Voltron) alongside Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson, taking over from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman. Producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) are involved once again and are writing the script alongside David Callaham.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2 initially held a release date of April 8, 2022, although this has since been pushed to October 7. There’s no indication yet what the plot might be, but it’s safe to assume that Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2 will feature more dimension-hopping exploits following Miles Morales’ (Shameik Moore) fledgling superhero career. The new additions of Japanese Spider-Man and Spider-Woman (Issa Rae) will join confirmed returnees Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) and Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson).
After Venom’s return and Morbius’ debut comes the long-awaited arrival of Kraven the Hunter, who’ll be played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Currently slated for 2023, Kraven the Hunter is apparently based on the “Kraven’s Last Hunt” comic story, and was adapted for the big screen by Richard Wenk. The script has since been reworked by Art Marcus and Matt Holloway, and will be directed by J.C. Chandor.
The SSU (Sony’s Spider-Man Universe) was said to be adding lesser-known vigilante Nightwatch to its ranks. Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker was mooted for the project in 2017, relating the tale of Doctor Kevin Trench, who witnesses the death of a technologically advanced vigilante, only to discover the dead hero is a future version of himself. Spike Lee was attached to the project, but has since denied his involvement. There have been no updates on Nightwatch since.
Not all of Sony’s live-action efforts are about bad guys though. Heroic outings have been discussed for both Silk and Jackpot, charting the origins of these female additions to Sony’s Spider-Man universe. Mark Guggenheim is writing Jackpot, having previously worked on the character’s comic book series, while Silk has since been turned into a TV show, which will be developed by Lauren Moon and is expected to film shortly.
And they aren’t the only female superheroes heading to the SSU. Madame Web is reportedly being developed by S.J. Clarkson, though there have been precious few updates since the project was first announced in 2019. In August 2020, news then broke suggesting Olivia Wilde is set to direct in a Sony Marvel movie, heavily rumored to be Spider-Woman.
When news of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 dropped, Sony also disclosed that an animated, all-female spinoff is in the works. Lauren Montgomery (Batman: Year One, Voltron) is being eyed to helm the project, which is believed to focus upon Spider-Gwen, Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman, and Cindy Moon/Silk, and will be launched by the preceding sequel release.
It’s too early to determine what the spin-off’s story will cover, as audiences have seen little of Spider-Gwen or her corner of the Spider-Verse. Nevertheless, putting Gwen at the center of a new movie is a savvy move on Sony’s part. Her voice is provided by singer and actress Hailee Steinfeld, whose popularity continues to rise, and though Spider-Gwen may be a relatively new addition to Spider-Man’s mythos, she’s already a beloved character. Not only is Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse‘s female spinoff a boon for gender representation in cinema, it also gives viewers the chance to engage with all the wilder aspects of Spider-Man’s varied and longstanding canon.
With access to over 900 comic book characters, the future looks bright for fans of Spider-Man’s varied and ever-growing mythos. If Sony and Marvel are able to do justice to these properties, cinema-goers will be enjoying even more web-based movie madness for years to come.