Marvel / Marvel Universe

Is the Venom Movie Part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Are you a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Have you been wondering whether the Venom movie is part of it or not? Let’s dive into this topic and find out.

What is the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a shared universe of superhero movies and TV shows produced by Marvel Studios. It all began with the release of Iron Man in 2008, and since then, we have seen many beloved characters such as Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, and Spider-Man come to life on the big screen.

Who Owns Venom?

Before we can answer whether Venom is part of the MCU or not, we need to understand who owns the rights to this character. Venom is a character from the Spider-Man comics, and therefore, his film rights were initially held by Sony Pictures.

The Spider-Verse

Sony Pictures has been creating their own cinematic universe based on Spider-Man characters. This universe is often referred to as the “Spider-Verse”. The first movie in this universe was The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), followed by its sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).

After these movies received mixed reviews from fans and critics alike, Sony Pictures struck an unprecedented deal with Marvel Studios that allowed them to use Spider-Man in their own movies while also being part of the MCU. This led to Tom Holland’s version of Spider-Man appearing in Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Is Venom Part of the MCU?

Now that we have some background information let’s answer our main question – Is Venom part of the MCU? The short answer is no.

Venom was released in October 2018 as a standalone movie outside of the MCU. Although it is based on a character from the Spider-Man comics, there are no references to Spider-Man or the MCU in the movie. Venom exists in his own universe that is separate from the MCU and the Spider-Verse.

What Does This Mean for Future Movies?

Despite being a standalone movie, Venom was a commercial success, grossing over $800 million worldwide. This led to Sony Pictures announcing a sequel that will feature Woody Harrelson as Carnage.

It is unclear whether this sequel will be part of the Spider-Verse or continue to exist in its own universe. However, Sony Pictures has announced other Marvel-related movies such as Morbius and Kraven the Hunter, which could potentially be part of the Spider-Verse.


In conclusion, Venom is not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It exists in its own universe separate from both the MCU and the Spider-Verse. While it may be disappointing for some fans who were hoping to see Venom interact with other beloved characters like Iron Man or Captain America, it still remains an entertaining movie on its own.