Sony’s Spider-Man universe has an official name. As Reported by IGN, the studio is officially calling its universe the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters. This is, to say the least, not quite as catchy as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the SPUMC is what we’ve got. The question is, what does this encompass?
First, let’s go over how this information came about. Sony recently shared a tweet from the official Spider-Man: Far From Home account that was advertising a sale for digital copies of the studio’s Spider-Man movies. Have a look.
Join Spider-Man and all his friends while you swing through all the films from the Spider-Man Universe of Characters! Complete your #SpiderMan movie collection with this limited-time @PrimeVideo offer!https://t.co/a1HqdrDYra pic.twitter.com/UiBkMItcV6
— Spider-Man: Far From Home (@SpiderManMovie) April 30, 2020
“Join Spider-Man and all his friends while you swing through all the films from the Spider-Man Universe of Characters! Complete your #SpiderMan movie collection with this limited-time Prime Video offer,” the tweet reads.
As we can see, they refer to the “Spider-Man Universe of Characters.” Many took this to be the official name for the universe. IGN then reached out and confirmed the true title with a Sony rep, leading us to the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters.
As many Marvel fans are surely aware, Sony controls the movie rights to the Spider-Man franchise. But that also extends to all of the characters associated with him. That’s why Venom was developed and released by Sony independent of the MCU. Sony’s rights are said to include hundreds of characters, which is likely why they don’t want to limit the branding to ust Spider-Man.
“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” Marvel Studios head Feige said in a statement last year when Disney and Sony came to terms on a new deal for the Spider-Man rights. “Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”
It seems there may be crossover potential for these universes in the future. Morbius, which is arriving next year, included some intriguing teases in its trailer. Venom 2 is currently in production, set to arrive next summer. Other characters with spin-offs in the works include Kraven the Hunter, Nightwatch, Silver Sable, Black Cat and Madame Web.