Disney and Sony's Spider-Man deal's back on, but that doesn't mean that Tom Holland's web-slinger is going to be limited to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Comments from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and Sony Producer Amy Pascal were included in the press release that Sony and Disney issued to announce its new Spider-Man deal (via Screen Rant). In the comments, Feige teases the possibility of Tom Holland's version of the wallcrawler crossing over to make an appearance in Sony's Universe of Marvel Heroes – something that fans have been hoping to see ever since Sony announced that it was producing a Venom standalone movie with Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock.
"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," Feige's comments on the deal read.
The quote might be buried in the press release, but it does imply a lot of potential for growth in the SUMC. The Marvel President's comments seem to imply that Spider-Man will be able to jump between the MCU and the SUMC, something that's never been really done before. Sure, the SUMC might be completely different from the MCU, but what is a universe built around Spider-Man characters with Spider-Man himself?
Of course, there are a lot of questions riding on a shared Spider-Man. Does this plan to share Peter Parker means that Sony's Marvel movies become adjacent to the ones made in the MCU? Does it make SUMC movies part of Marvel's canon? Let's wait and see.
Phase 4 of the MCU begins when Black Widow premieres on May 1, 2020.