Back before The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Sony had closed a deal with Marvel Studios to share the rights to Spider-Man, allowing for the Webhead to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there were talks of making a expansive cinematic universe centred around Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man to compete with the MCU. Aside from making more Spider-Man titles, there were also plans to create a Sinister Six and Venom film.
Unfortunately with the lukewarm reception to TASM2, any such plans seemed like they had just gone down the drain, and a hack of Sony Entertainment in 2014 revealed that Sony and Marvel Studios were in talks to have Spider-Man appear in the upcoming film, Captain America: Civil War. Whilst the talks seemed to have stalled, the deal ended up getting closed, with Sony Pictures continuing to have final creative control over the Spider-Man films, but allowing for the new, uncast Spider-Man and other Spider-Man related characters to be able to appear in the MCU. Some months later, British actor Tom Holland was cast in the role. Sony’s dreams of a cinematic universe to rival the MCU, it seemed, were down the drain.