Sony’s ‘Venom’ Tied to ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’? What We Know So Far:
Fans were initially concerned about Sony’s ‘Venom’, due to the fact that it seemed this movie wouldn’t be linked to the Marvel Cinematic Universes’ Spider-Man: Homecoming. This made almost no sense, as Venom is one of Spider-Man’s most popular and well-known adversaries.
However, interest has now peaked as Sony’s very own Amy Pascal has teased that Venom will be in the same universe as Spider-Man: Homecoming.
In an interview with Kevin Feige, Pascal says, “Well those movies will all take place in the world that we are now creating for Peter Parker. They’ll be adjuncts to it, it may be different locations but it will still all be in the same world, and they will be connected to each other as well.”
What we know so far:
Who is playing the leading role of Venom?
Earlier this year, Sony announced that Inception actor Tom Hardy would be undertaking the role of Venom. He will be playing Venom’s most popular mantle, Eddie Brock.
Fans have reacted positively to Hardy’s casting news. This is most likely because he is an incredibly versatile and talented actor who has played a huge number of grittier roles, including Max in Mad Max: Fury Road, the Kray Twins in Legend, and Forrest Bondurant in Lawless.
How gritty can it be if it’s going to be a 12?
This particular adaptation is going to be an R-Rated extravaganza.
Typically, superhero adaptations have always stuck in the safer zones of suitable for ages 12 years old and up. However, it’s clear that since the phenomenal success of Fox’s Deadpool, that box office success can lie in the more brutal character adaptations. It’s not the first R-Rated comic book to movie adaptation, but it has been the most prominent and has led the way for studios to take more risks.
This rating leaves plenty of room for writers and directors to take Brock’s harrowing story of his partnership with an alien symbiote to a deeper level and will allow for scenes and action that wouldn’t be permitted in the usual confines of a 12 or 15 rated movie.
So what are the crew like?
In terms of writing and directing, Ruben Fleisher, who is known for Zombieland, will be taking on directing the project. The screenwriter for this project is Jeff Pinkner, who coincidently wrote the screenplay for Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the second and final movie in their previous Spider-Man franchise series. They’ve both worked in the science-fiction / superhero genre before, so this could be a team-up that dreams are made of.
Why a Venom movie?
This movie has actually been in the pipeline for some time – originally, when it was strictly Sony with the rights to Spider-Man, they had big plans for their The Amazing Spider-Man franchise starring Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield. There were plans for a larger universe for Peter Parker within Sony, including a Sinister Six movie.
However, after the sequels, disappointing box office turn out, and the consequential team up of Sony and Disney to allow Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It looked like then, given the complete scrap of the cast from The Amazing Spider-Man, that all other projects tying in would also be cancelled. But Sony has confirmed they still want to keep building this world that Peter Parker inhabits, and the many villains and challenges he encounters.
So are they definitely tied together?
Given Pascal’s announcement in this interview, one would assume so.
However, Feige and Sony took great care several times, to point out that the Venom project would be a “separate Sony project.” This R-Rated movie and any continuations would take place outside of the MCU’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.
This is a problem though, because these villains are linked to Spider-Man in very complex and interesting ways, and it will disappoint fans to never get to see Spidey face off against one of his biggest adversaries yet.
Fans have also pointed out that when Pascal (very casually) drops in that Sony will be expanding Spider-Man’s universe with Marvel and tying in their projects to the MCU world, Kevin Feige made an interesting facial expression:
— Craig Lin (@CraigLin) June 18, 2017
Kevin Feige: "Venom isn't in the MCU"
Amy Pascal: "Those movies are in the same world & they will be connected to each other" pic.twitter.com/JB40uX1866
— Peter Parker 🕸 (@AgentSpiderMan) June 18, 2017
Amy Pascal:: and all those movies will take place in the same universe..
Kevin Feige: pic.twitter.com/HHvxl5PlfC
— lil king trash-mouth (@Mike_Ryan80) June 20, 2017
Marvel are very good at keeping secrets though, and tend to play all cards incredibly close to their chest – so if Sony and Marvel are trying together to bring Venom into the MCU, and begin the process of gearing some of their movies at an older audience, we won’t really know until they want us to.