I think we’re all still a little shocked about the whole removal of Spider-Man from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, thanks to Sony and Marvel not being able to reach a mutual agreement for future films.
However, there is a character that is shared by both Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios that still may show up in the MCU sometime in the near future.
That would be Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman.
In leaked contract details from 2014, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have shared use of the heroine. Marvel can’t use Spider-Man related elements.
‘Jessica Drew’ and specifically listed related characters. [Sony Pictures] may depict Jessica Drew as Spider-Woman, and Marvel may only use her without any Spider-Man-related elements.
Spider-Woman debuted in Marvel Spotlight #32 in 1977, which might be a big reason why she is a shared character given that Jessica didn’t debut in the pages of Spider-Man.
In that comic, she faces off with Nick Fury.
Originally, HYDRA erases her memories, brainwashes her, and recruits her as a HYDRA agent under the codename Arachne.
There is a slim chance that Jessica could be introduced in the Black Widow movie, since in Spider-Woman: Origin she is trained by Taskmaster, a villain of that film.
Not to mention, that we’ll be getting at least six widows in that movie including Natasha (Scarlett Johansson), Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), and Melina Vostokoff aka Iron Maiden (Rachel Weisz).
In the teaser poster for Black Widow released at D23 Expo 2019 (see below), there are clearly another three unnamed widows on the poster (far left) yet to be identified and any one of them could potentially be Jessica Drew.
Having Drew originally part of the Widow Program would certainly nix any connections to Spider-Man and could be a surrogate to her origins with HYDRA.
Plus, having Taskmaster in the film is another bit of linkage they could end up using to include Drew.
Jessica is recruited into HYDRA (under false pretenses), where she is made into a formidable fighter and assassin. She is trained and mentored by Taskmaster, who schools her in many martial disciplines and more than seven different fighting styles out of his own “arsenal”
I would assume that there could be even more than they’re showing us on this poster and Marvel is known for altering character origins for the MCU.
Material like Spider-Woman: Agent of SWORD could help Jessica become tied to other MCU characters like Nick Fury and Captain Marvel.
Drew is assigned to track down aliens on Earth.
SWORD is the cosmic variation of SHIELD, which many believe was being set up at the very end of Spider-Man: Far From Home with Nick Fury on a space station surrounded by Skrulls.
Seemingly, the Skrulls aren’t baddies but allies in this version of the characters which is an interesting angle they went with. This could mean that other aliens might be involved with Secret Invasion (the Kree?) if they end up tackling that story in say Captain Marvel 2.
Danvers assembling her own team in the sequel wouldn’t be hard to imagine.
If they did pursue SWORD, that could allow Marvel to bring in characters like Jessica Drew and even Abigail Brand. Along with the members of The Ultimates, which the studio is seemingly setting up as Carol Danvers, T’Challa, and Monica Rambeau already exist in the MCU.
Considering She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel are both coming to the MCU via their solo Disney+ shows there seemingly plenty of spots in the universe for lesser-known characters to be explored.