The story was that Marvel and Sony had decided not to renew their partnership. The MCU to be covered in SPUMC? Not going to happen, according to the stories. The story was that only an intervention by Tom Holland and the fans saved the relationship just enough for the MCU and SPUMC to combine one last time, for Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Well according to the chat out there right now, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only will the relationship persist, but things will happen in the storylines in both worlds that have big implications for Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters (SPUMC).

This upcoming third Spider-Man installment will start the process. In an interview with Variety, Sony Pictures Motion Group President Sanford Panitch was asked about this iteration of Spider-Man meeting Venom, Carnage, Morbius, and the recently announced Kraven The Hunter from the Sony standalone movies.

He said the partnership between Marvel Studios and Sony can continue, and that things are starting to fall into place:

“There actually is a plan. I think now maybe it’s getting a little more clear for people where we’re headed and I think when No Way Home comes out, even more will be revealed.

The great thing is we have this very excellent relationship with Kevin [Feige]. There’s an incredible sandbox there to play with. We want those MCU movies to be absolutely huge, because that’s great for us and our Marvel characters, and I think that’s the same thing on their side. But we have a great relationship. There’s lots of opportunities, I think, that are going to happen.”

Over at Collider Jeff Sneider has reported that Willem Dafoe will be reprising his role as Norman Osborne/Green Goblin in the latest Spider-Man adventure and that he will be leading the Sinister Six, hence the return of Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina).

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange will fill the now vacant Tony Stark role this time out, so multiverse shenanigans explain why Toby McGuire villains are sharing a cabal with Andrew Garfield villains in a Tom Holland led Spidey movie.

Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, Tony Revolori, and Hannibal Buress all return for Spider-Man: No Way Home, which will be released in cinemas on December 17th.

So the MCU is potentially about to get a little bigger, and the SPUMC will flow!