That’s the Marvel Cinematic Universe, if you didn’t know. The self-contained universe of Marvel-owned—which really means Disney-owned, since the House of Mouse made the genius move of buying Marvel Comics back some several years ago (talk about a wise investment!)—superheroes and villains. Before the days of Marvel/Disney, though, Marvel, the comicbook company, had licensed out several of its properties to other movie studios. This problem went away where a lot of those properties were concerned when Disney bought 20th Century Fox. Now Disney owns rights to the Fantastic Four and X-Men. Sony, though, still has the rights to Spider-Man and various Spider-Man characters. Only Marvel and Sony worked out some kind of deal and now they’re sharing characters. Or are they?
After SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME I thought I had it figured out. It seemed as though Andrew Garfield might return as the Sony Spider-Man while Tom Holland would be the MCU Spider-Man. It would be Garfield’s Spider-Man who’d be fighting Venom and Morbius, I figured, in the Sony universe. But wait…Michael Keaton is reprising the role of the Vulture in MORBIUS. And the Vulture was the main villain from the first Tom Holland Spider-Man movie, set firmly in the MCU.
This is all so confusing. Disney should just buy Sony and have done with it. Do away with the need for separate universes.