In another instance that shows that Sony has no idea what to do with the properties they have the rights to, ‘Venom‘, one of Spider-Man’s best enemies, is being regulated to his own little film that won’t be connected to the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe and looks to begin filming this Fall. We’ve also just learned that ‘Venom’ will exist in the same world as the upcoming Black Cat and Silver Sable movie as Sony once again launches their cinematic universe full of Spider-Man’s secondary characters which Marvel isn’t interested in using in the immediate future. Instead of cashing in on what looks to be a sure-fire hit in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming‘ and working as closely with Marvel Studios as possible, the company seems to want to annoy fans and potentially Marvel Studios as well with this side effort.
On top of this kicking off a new shared universe, we do know that it is being described as an “Action/Horror/Sci-fi” flick which has been fast-tracked to begin shooting this Fall. With a ‘Venom’ standalone film in pre-production since the ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ series was originally set to launch its own cinematic Spider-verse, it should come as no surprise that an overall plot for this one was already in place.
It’s just hard to imagine if this will be a set of movies without the Wallcrawler at all and star many of his friends and enemies. I’m curious as to if Spidey will have died in this version or if we’re going to just take a bunch of his villains and acquaintances and have them tied together in a completely new way.
The only chance I see at Sony being able to pull this off is if they take many of the more dangerous characters such as Venom, Carnage, and a slew of the crime lords and make this set of hard R-Rated films in the vein of ‘Logan’ and ‘Deadpool’ (which is rumored that this may be the case with ‘Venom’ looking at an R rating). If they can come up with a darker connected comic-inspired films, they could pull this off, but with the studio’s mishandling of the Spider-Man property so far without Marvel’s help, I’m not holding my breath.
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‘Venom’ is due in theaters on October 5th, 2018.
Stuart Conover is an author, blogger, and all around geek. When not busy being a father and husband he tries to spend as much time as possible immersed in comic books, science fiction, and horror! Would you like to know more? Follow him on Twitter!