Sony Pictures president Sanford Panitch has revealed that Spider-Man will cross over into the studio's burgeoning superhero franchise in the future.
The iconic character - currently played by Tom Holland - is an integral part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is due to headline the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home, which is rumoured to be a multiverse movie featuring previous web-slingers Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.
Away from the MCU, Sony is working on developing the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters (SPUMC) featuring other characters from the Spider-Man comics - and in 2018 the first film of the franchise, Venom, was released.
Speaking to Variety, Sony chief Panitch appeared to suggest that it is a case of when, not if, Spider-Man will show up in the SPUMC movies and hinted that the events of No Way Home will open the door to the move.
"There actually is a plan," he said. "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."
He continued: "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."
Spider-Man: No Way Home is due for release on December 17.