What’s in a name? That’s what audiences were asking after a tweet by the Sony Pictures’ official Spider-Man movies Twitter account left many people confused. In the tweet, the account referred to their Spider-Man universe as the Spider-Man Universe of Characters. Many fans jumped in and stated that that didn’t sound quite right. And it certainly doesn’t have the same ring as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Join Spider-Man and all his friends while you swing through all the films from the Spider-Man Universe of Characters! Complete your #SpiderMan movie collection with this limited-time @PrimeVideo offer!https://t.co/a1HqdrDYra pic.twitter.com/UiBkMItcV6— Spider-Man: No Way Home (@SpiderManMovie) April 30, 2020
While the complaints varied, some didn’t think that the name encompassed all the Spider-Man films and adjacent worlds. Most, however, pointed out that the name lacks any snappiness. Others noted the name doesn’t fit since Marvel isn’t in the title. It’s certainly confusing.
Since the tweet garnered a lot of comments about the name, IGN reached out to Sony Pictures for clarification on what their Marvel movie universe should be called. It’s… not much better. Sony said the official name is “Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters.” So, it’s SPUMC. That’s one heck of an acronym. This name includes not only Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man characters but also Venom, Morbius, and Kraven the Hunter characters. So there you have it.
Sony and Marvel have had their fair share of negotiations over the past few years, landing on their current arrangement that has them sharing the rights to the Spider-Man universe. This deal has proved to be a positive one for both Sony Pictures and Marvel, enabling Sony to expand their Spider-Man catalog with primarily Spider-Man villain movies.
While production and release dates will most likely be pushed back due to COVID-19, Sony does have three planned movies in their Universe of Marvel Characters set to release. First is Morbius, set to release in March 2021, followed by June’s Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage, and then the untitled Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel, now releasing November 5, 2021.
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