first_img Spider-Man is in an increasingly weird position as far as cinematic universes are concerned. We start here with our MCU news. Though some legal acrobatics, he is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe even though Sony still owns his movie rights. Sony is using the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming to launch their own Spider-verse of movies that will include Venom and Black C:Lat and Silver Sable. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently stated that Venom would not be part of the MCU. Yes, it’s weird that that leaves Spider-Man straddling two universes, but that was it.Now Sony, showing all the confidence of a studio launching a new cinematic universe into a world that is growing tired of them, appears to be trying to attach their Spider-verse to Marvel’s MCU. In an interview with Filmstarts, former head of Sony Amy Pascal described the upcoming Spider-verse movies as “adjunct” to the MCU.“Well, those movies will all take place in the world that we’re now creating for Peter Parker,” she said. “They’ll be adjuncts to it, they may be different locations, but it will all be in the same world, and they’ll be connected to each other as well.” She also said that Tom Holland could make an appearance in the movies as Spider-Man.It’s obvious why Sony would want to approach their movies like this. Marvel has been the only company to make the cinematic universe idea work. Warner Bros. and DC, outside of a recent major triumph, has struggled. And Universal’s Dark Universe… well, it’s not off to a great start. If you’re trying to launch yet another cinematic universe in 2017, it makes sense to try and attach your wagon to the only successful one. Of course, there’s no official deal in place, so Venom will not truly be part of the MCU. They can say they’re set in the same world all they want, but they won’t be able to interact with, affect or be affected by the MCU like Marvel Studios’ own movies can. They can still be good movies, but they won’t be MCU. No matter how much Sony wants us to think they are.Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok. (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Marvel Studios)In other, less confusing news, Chris Hemsworth appeared at the Supernova Comic Con in Sydney, Australia, and had some very interesting things to say about what’s next in the MCU. The Infinity Stones have played major roles in the most recent MCU movies. Five of them so far have shown up, but fans have been wondering when we’d see the sixth. According to Reddit user lawrensaw, who was in the audience during the Q&A, we won’t have to wait too long. “Chris does know where the soul gem is and we’ll find out real soon,” they wrote.That probably means the stone will show up in Thor: Ragnarok, which comes out November 3, 2017. Since that movie features Hela, the goddess of death, it’s a logical place for the Soul Gem to make its first appearance before Avengers: Infinity War. Hemsworth also reportedly commented on the apparent difference in tone between the previous Thor movies and Ragnarok. Hemsworth said that during production, neither he nor director Taika Waititi liked where the character was going, and made some major changes for Ragnarok. So far, it seems to have worked. After that fun trailer, this is the most excited I’ve been for any Thor movie.Another curious comment Hemsworth made involved actors working in both Marvel and DC movies. According to Twitter user Tyler James, Hemsworth said it’s “illegal for actors to be in both universes. Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… It’s ‘illegal’ for Marvel actors to appear in DC films. #ChrisHemsworth #Supanova— Tyler James (@Tyler_Cull3n) June 18, 2017That appears to contradict what Kevin Feige told The Hollywood Reporter two months ago. After it was announced that Josh Brolin would play both Cable and Thanos (technically two different series/universes), Feige said there’s nothing in Marvel contracts preventing actors from taking any other role. That, plus all the recent talk about how there’s no rivalry between Marvel and DC makes Hemsworth’s reported comments odd. It’s possible he was just being hyperbolic. There may not be anything legally preventing an actor from working for both studios, but they may fell a strong sense of loyalty to Marvel. That would be especially understandable in Hemsworth’s case, considering Thor is what made him a household name. We may never know exactly what he meant, but we’ll be on the lookout for any clarification from Hemsworth or Marvel over the next few days.Finally, over in the X-Men series, James McAvoy announced his return to the role of Professor Charles Xavier on Instagram. McAvoy will appear in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which will hopefully make us forget X-Men III: The Last Stand ever happened. McAvoy has been great as a younger Professor X, and his return is fantastic news. It’s not quite as fantastic though, as the way he announced it. Just watch. Stay on target That’s hilarious. If it’s any consolation, this may be the last X-Men movie of the current series, so McAvoy can probably give those clippers a rest after Dark Phoenix wraps. At least until that Split sequel happens.Let us know how we’re doinglast_img

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