Sony have big plans for the 900ish Marvel character properties that they own and, in an article about that daunting subject, they’ve revealed the name for their, er, MCU. It’ll be known as the SUMC, or “Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters”
Revealed in a piece by Variety, which delved into the studio’s plans for a Spider-Man universe (that doesn’t feature Spider-Man, yet) with its upcoming release of Venom. In the Variety feature, we get a nice little note about how Sony plans to treat the franchise:
“We’re focused on being faithful to the comics,” said Sanford Panitch, president of Columbia Pictures, and the chief in charge of Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters.
We can only hope that the title is kept as an internal term because it’s hardly a strong branding choice. It’s clear Sony want an all-encompassing title, rather than being stuck with “Spider-Man Universe”, especially seeing as they have a roster of over 900 characters to pull from.
Sony seem to be focusing on the following Marvel characters for it’s current wave of movies:
- Spider-Man: Far From Home
- Morbius The Living Vampire
- Black Cat
- Silver Sable
With a fairly strong roster, the main concern with Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters is how it’ll handle it’s properties. While they claim to be faithful to the comics, Venom is currently pegged to have a PG-13 rating. What might be Sony’s best bet, is to market for what the audience wants, rather than what could lead to a potential crossover.
But I guess time will tell, Venom is set to release October 5. Will Sony get it right, let us know in the comment section below!