Olivia Wilde will be directing a Sony Marvel movie, but will it be part of the MCU?
Earlier this week, news broke that Olivia Wilde had been tapped to direct a Marvel movie from Sony. While Sony has had no comment and has not specifically said which movie it is, Wilde herself did appear on Twitter to tease what that movie could be.
Following the news on Wednesday, Wilde tweeted a Spider emoji — meaning that it has something to do with Spider-Man, of course. And seeing as the movie has been teased as a “female-centered” one, according to Deadline, many have assumed that the project would be a Spider-Woman movie.
Other than that hint, Wilde has been tight-lipped these last few days about specifics on the movie. She even tweeted a gif of Kristen Wiig from Saturday Night Live as Sue, the character who always has a tough time keeping it together when it comes to secrets. But, as any SNL fan would know, Sue always cracks under pressure, and it’s usually only a matter of time before she spills her secrets. So could we get more information about the movie from Wilde or Sony soon? And will this Sony movie have a connection to Marvel Studios’ MCU?
The answer to the latter question all depends on what Sony wants to do with its universe. In the MCU, we knew they were eventually leading up to Thanos and Infinity Wars. But right now, there doesn’t seem to be an overarching masterplan in place for Sony. What could potentially be in place is a Sinister Six plotline that could have been set up in Spider-Man: Far From Home and potentially Morbius and Venom 2. But even those movies still feel like they will be largely independent of what’s going on in Phase 4 of the MCU.
Spider-Man, as usual, would likely be the biggest thread tying these movies together. Otherwise, without Spider-Man, the Olivia Wilde movie probably won’t have any ties to the MCU. We saw this pulled off in Venom, which feels like the first true spinoff movie in the Spider-Man universe. Unlike Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home, there was no acknowledgment of the Avengers, Thanos, or anything like that. The movie, more so, sought to build up its own world — a sandbox that Spider-Man could begin to play in — independent of the Avengers.
All that to say, the evidence doesn’t look favorable when it comes to Wilde’s movie having a large connection to the MCU. Right now, it looks like the only hero both Sony and Disney’s Marvel Studios are willing to share is Spider-Man. And there would likely have to be some tense talks between the two if they wanted to bring more than one hero into both universes. (See: Sony and Disney’s short-lived Spider-Man breakup that rocked 2019.)
Still, it may not be a bad thing that Wilde’s movie is independent of the MCU. While her hero might not get to interact with the new Avengers, there are still plenty of characters in the Spider-Man universe worth exploring. News even dropped this week that J.C. Chandor could potentially be on as the director of the Kraven the Hunter movie. And with other potential projects like Madame Web and a Silver and Sable movie (or TV series), the Spider-Man universe may not even need to lean on the MCU that much in the future. But, we’ll just have to wait and see what’s in store for Wilde’s movie when Sony’s ready to officially announce the project.
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