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Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters is the unofficial name for the Shared Universe of live-action Marvel Comics-based movies made by Sony Pictures/Columbia Pictures, not tied to the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the planned Spider-Verse animated film series. The films will be based off of supporting Spider-Man characters note  and will be interconnected to each other, though notably without Spidey himself — for the time being.

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The series is a Spiritual Successor to The Amazing Spider-Man Series, which also tried to launch a Shared Universe off of Spider-Man properties. Similarly, the movies were made in part so that Sony could retain the rights to Spider-Man. In the wake of this, Tom Holland's Spidey's fate in the MCU is undecided, though producer Amy Pascal has stated she wants to keep the MCU partnership going beyond Spider-Man: Far From Home.


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Films

  • Venom (October 5th, 2018)
  • Morbius (July 31st, 2020)
  • Venom 2 (TBA)
  • Black Cat (TBA)
  • Silver Sable (TBA)
  • Nightwatch (TBA)
  • Kraven the Hunter (TBA)
  • Silk (TBA)
  • Jackpot (TBA)

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  • Adapted Out: Due to Spider-Man himself being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe portrayed by Tom Holland, the characters' connections to him are omitted for the time being. This is quite significant since most have direct links to him in their origins (Eddie Brock wanted revenge on him and was his successor in being bonded with the symbiote, Silk was his classmate who was bitten by the same spider, Kraven came to the US to actively hunt him, and so on).
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Nightwatch to Spawn, made to be an Expy from the start.
  • Alternate Continuity: This is one to Marvel Cinematic Universe although it runs concurrently to the MCU being a separate canon. Sony have said they may do future crossovers with the MCU, so this is a rare example of an Alternate Continuity that is also an Alternate Universe.
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  • Demoted to Extra: In the event that Sony does introduce Spider-Man into this setting, it would have to be in a supporting capacity to avoid creating brand confusion with the ongoing Spider-Man movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • The Multiverse: The end credits of Venom outright stated that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse occurs at the same time "in another universe". Which might indicate that the makers of this film universe might want to play with this concept in the future. It might also ease hypothetical crossovers with the MCU.
  • Shared Universe: Running concurrently to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this 'verse is of the Spidey-related properties owned by Sony, though they've expressed interest in crossing over later.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
    • Morbius to Blade, fitting the dark vampire theme.
    • Silk could be seen as one to Spidey himself, her being his Distaff Counterpart to begin with.
  • Truer to the Text: Unlike the previous examples of the Spider-Man Trilogy Doing In the Wizard and simplifying backstories for realism, it's shown thus far with Venom and Morbius that they'll be portrayed as accurately as can be in the setting, albeit without Spider-Man.
  • Villain Protagonist: Subverted. Unlike the planned Amazing Spider-Man Universe, this universe uses various other characters ranging from hero to anti-hero, including Venom being based on his Lethal Protector persona. Silk, Nightwatch, and Jackpot are heroes, Silver Sable and Black Cat are anti-heroic, Morbius is flawed and yet still darkly heroic, and only Kraven the Hunter fits the bill of a villain protagonist of the announced movies, barring the possibility of Adaptational Heroism.

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