The success of Spider-Man Homecoming, the Academy-award winning Into The Spiderverse, and the unexpectedly popular Venom have finally given Sony the expanded Spider-Man franchise they've always wanted. Showing no signs of slowing down, Sony Pictures Television chairmanMike Hopkins has revealed that a connected TV universe for Spider-Man related projects is in development.
“We’re developing a lot of Marvel-related content, and I think we’ll be out in the market very soon with something really, really big and transformational for us, because we’ve not done any shows with Marvel before, with Marvel IP. So that’s a big piece of development that we’re onto.
I think we aspire to have several shows in a universe that we create that can pollinate between each other, and to working with a partner to make that happen.”
Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Tony Vinciquerra added;
“We have the next seven or eight years laid out as to what we’re going to do with that asset, and that will not only be on the film side — it’ll be on the TV side. Our television group will have its own set of characters from within that universe that we will seek to develop.”
As to what some of those shows might be? Well, that remains a mystery at the moment, but the previously announced animated offshoots of Into The Spiderverse could be in the mix. That said, this sounds more like the soon to disband Arrowverse where several TV shows will be set up that will crossover with each other periodically. Mimicking the big screen Marvel template doesn't always yield the desired results, DC recently backpedaled on the overly shared universe to concentrate on making better individual movies. Naturally, the rules are different for TV shows, and even minor comic book characters can flourish in the episodic format.
Next up in Sony's Marvel roster is the currently shooting Morbius starring Jarred Leto as The Living Vampire, and Matt Smith as the similarly afflicted (but less heroic) Loxias Crown. Then, there's a sequel to Venom that is set to shoot later this year with Tom Hardy back in action. Before either of those, Peter Parker's summer vacation gets sidetracked when Nick Fury enlists his help in Spider-Man Far From Home which lands in cinemas on July 5.