Deadline reports, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige secretly worked on Sony Picture's Venom film. The news comes hot off the heels of the news that Spider-Man will no longer be part of the MCU due to money-related issues.
Reporter Mike Fleming Jr. stated that Disney CEO Bob Iger attempted to broker a deal between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, all to allow future cross-studio projects like Spider-Man to continue.
“As the Spider-Man relationship grew, Feige and Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman spoke about the possibility of a wider involvement in the Sony-controlled Spider-man universe, which contains 900 characters. I’m told that Feige lent an unofficial hand with the blockbuster Venom," Fleming Jr. said. "but I’ve also been told that that film was far from the polished product that grossed $856 million worldwide, until Rothman himself spent a good long time in the editing room helping to get it there.”
Venom received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Despite that lackluster reception, Venom went on to gross more than $800 million, and even outperformed Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and the first Star Wars film. This is largely thanks to a strong performance in the Chinese movie theater market.
The success has clearly strengthened Sony’s hopes for the franchise, with the announcement that Venom 2 will be directed by none other than Andy Serkis.