While Marvel Studios continues to expand mightily on its cinematic universe with blockbusters like Eternals, Sony Pictures is hard at work expanding on its own set of superhero films as well. The studio’s next outing will be its team-up effort with Marvel for Spider-Man: No Way Home in December, although non-MCU movies are finding success as well for Sony.
Most recently, Tom Hardy's Venom: Let There Be Carnage made headlines with one of the highest-grossing opening weekends of any movie in the pandemic era. Much of that success had to do with the movie's post-credits scene, which most likely indicated that the Venom movies are now shockingly a part of the MCU while the franchise brings in characters from Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's movies as well.
On top of all this, the team has no plans to slow down Sony's Spider-Man Universe by adding iconic Spidey heroes and villains into the fray. While no more specifics were revealed, fans now have an idea of when to expect a pair of these films.
Two Sony Marvel Movies Get Release Dates
The Hollywood Reporter's Aaron Couch revealed on Twitter that Sony added two untitled Marvel movies to its release calendar.
These movies, which will presumably be focused on Spider-Man-related characters for whom Sony owns the film licenses, are set to debut in theaters on June 23 and October 6, 2023. This comes in addition to Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Kraven the Hunter movie, which is planned for a January 13, 2023 theatrical release.
Venom 3? Spider-Man 4? TBD?
After the impressive fan reaction to Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Sony has the chance to build on this momentum with future releases in this universe. Next up on the list is Jared Leto's Morbius, which has already teased potential tie-ins to the MCU's Spider-Man stories, although these two new dates will look to take the story to new heights.
The big question that remains is what exactly will fill these slots, particularly considering how few future movies within Sony's Spider-Man Universe are known to the public.
Let There Be Carnage's theatrical success could very well set up Sony to continue Tom Hardy's solo story in Venom 3, which may gain a bigger boost after everything that comes in Spider-Man: No Way Home. There's also director Olivia Wilde's solo female-centric movie, which is quite likely to feature Jessica Drew's introduction as Spider-Woman.
There's also the slim chance that one of these dates could be for a fourth Tom Holland Spider-Man movie within the MCU, although it would almost definitively be without the services of director Jon Watts as he moves on to direct Fantastic Four.
Only time will tell what web-slinging stories will add to this expanding narrative. Spider-Man: No Way Home hits theaters on December 17, 2021.