Sony Pictures has given a name to its burdgeoning Spider-Man-adjacement cinematic universe, and has plans for it in both film and television. In an interview with Variety, Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman Tony Vinciqueera and TV Chairman Mike Hopkins have outlined a bold plan a cinematic universe called Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters that will work on two fronts off the success of the live-action Venom movie and the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
“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,” said Vinciquerra. “Our television group will have its own set of characters from within that universe that we will seek to develop.”
The Hollywood trade reports that Sony owns the TV and film rights to “more than 900 Spider-Man-adjacent characters” it is researching as possible franchises. On the film side, Morbius is currently in production, and plans for Silver Sable, Black Cat, Nightwatch, Kraven, Silk, Jackpot, and a Venom sequel have been reported.
“[Our team is] pretty far down the road in terms of working through which characters we think could be their own star of a series,” said Hopkins.
“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,” said Hopkins. “So that’s a big piece of development that we’re onto.”
Marvel itself retained some TV rights to Spider-Man and Spider-related characters, producing several animated Spider-Man shows over the years. The last live-action Spider-Man shows were 1977’s CBS series in North America and 1978’s Toei Company show in Japan.
“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,” said Hopkins.