As talks of a deal with Marvel swirl around, it seems like Sony doesn't want to give up hope on a plan for a shared universe, and these plans could still include the hero showing up in a future movie with Captain America.
The Daily Beast reported on Sunday that emails showed that Sony was open to Spider-Man showing up during Captain America: Civil War, but saw the appearance as more of a cameo that would set up future endeavors for them.
According to the documents, Michael De Luca, co-president of production for Columbia Pictures, sent an email to Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, saying: "I really feel, in my heart of hearts, that the new spiderman [sic] in cap 3 could just appear in his own film, be it sinister six or a kick a-- spidey film of his own, after that intro in cap 3 and people would be cool with it."
Before a plan with Marvel, the studio was thinking of making a female superhero movie and an "Avengers-like superhero extravaganza incorporating characters from different upcoming Spider-Man-related projects."
As for the shared universe, the emails went on to say that it "seems to me maybe, since the Spider-man universe itself is deep, you guys should look at sinister six, new spidey, female movie and venom as linked pieces leading to eventual mega movie ala Feige and Fox and not stand alone single films. It's early in all these and you can still map out a blueprint for connective tissue."
So regardless of a deal, it seems like Sony really wants to make this universe that they think would work. While talks with Marvel could re-surface, there is still no clue as to what Sony ever wants to do.