Former Sony honcho and Spider-Man franchise producer Amy Pascal has had trouble in recent weeks finding common ground with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige over the relationship between Sony's Spider-Man spinoffs, like Venom and Silver and Black, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which includes Spider-Man himself.
"Well those movies will all take place in the world that we are now creating for Peter Parker, " Pascal said on video in a joint interview with Feige, seemingly stunning Feige, who didn't seem to agree. "They'll be adjuncts to it. They may be in different locations. But it will still all be the same world, and they will be connected to each other as well."
As the most polite PR war in history escalated, Feige stated a few days later that, "Right now, Spidey is in the MCU and it's just Spidey."
Soon after that, Pascal was making the rounds in the entertainment media again, this time saying that what she meant the first time was that Spider-Man is part of the Marvel Comics Universe, but not the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But that was pretty clearly not what she said, so Pascal has tried one more time to set the record straight, telling website Fandom:
First, there is Spider-Man happily in the place where he's supposed to be which is in the Marvel Universe. I think everything comes from that. This is the signpost, the tentpole, the signature and… the other movies that Sony's going to make, in their relationship to this [MCU] Spider-Man, take place in this [separate Sony] world. Although you're not going to see them in the Marvel Universe, it's in the same reality.
And according to Fandom, Kevin Feige himself agreed that this was the perfect answer, which makes complete sense. "Somewhere in the same reality but you're not going to see them" is basically Marvel's philosophy for LGBTQ characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well. Asked about the possible future presence of LGBTQ characters earlier this year (it's only been fifteen movies so we have to give them time), Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn said:
Somebody asked me, "will there be any gay characters in Marvel movies?" And, you know, what I meant is there's a lot of characters in the MCU and very few of them have we delved into what their sexuality is whether it's gay or straight or bisexual. We don't really know so I imagine there are probably, you know, gay characters in the Marvel universe and we just don't know who they are yet.
Perhaps all the LGBTQ characters will be in Sony's Spider-Man spinoffs. Somebody ask Amy Pascal about it at the next press junket, please.