Todd McFarlane has a lot to look forward to these days, as he is currently working on a new movie adaptation of his creation ‘Spawn,’ as well as waiting (like the rest of us) to see how the movie adaptation of one of his other major creations, ‘Venom,’ does in Sony’s new Spider-Verse. While he apparently was not consulted all that much on the ‘Venom’ movie, he clearly still wishes it all the best, though he has other reasons for wanting it to succeed as well.
While chatting recently with CBR about the ‘Venom’ and ‘Spawn’ movies McFarlane had some advice for Sony:
“I know what my advice would be, but I don’t know if anybody has the stomach for it. It would go like this, if you’re going to do an R-rated movie, scare the shit out of them. I don’t know that they are going to go there. Hopefully there’s some creepy moments and some scary stuff, but Venom is still, in a round about way, has tendrils to the Marvel Universe. I don’t know how brave any studio can get with the characters. Although, I have to say, you had Deadpool’s R [rating] and I wouldn’t consider that R except for the F bombs, then you get Logan, and now I’m hoping things like New Mutants and Venom push it even further. And for sure, Spawn is.
Here’s a big “What If.” What if Sony distributes Spawn? Then is it possible that in the future Sony could have a crossover with Venom and Spawn? It’s possible. So, I will be presenting that possibility to the Sony executives when we get ready.
My conversation with them would be, why wouldn’t you? Here’s what I know. Let’s say Venom is huge — I hope it is — then no matter who distributes Spawn, the first thing you will see in every trailer will be, “From the co-creator of Venom.” So, then my question to Sony is, why would you let one of your competitors use that line, given that it was your effort that made Venom work? Your money that made Venom work? Your marketing that made Venom work? I think it’s worth asking, then, what happens if they both work? And then what happens ten years down the line, when they want to do a Spawn/Venom crossover and they get the guy who helped create both those characters to direct it? Might be kind of cool.”
Now let’s be real for a second, a lot of dominoes have to fall into place for any of this work to out, the biggest of which is for the ‘Venom’ movie to be a major commercial hit. Based on the footage and trailers released so far, that is not looking all that likely, though I personally would be thrilled if the film proved me wrong. The other issue is that ‘Venom’ being a success might herald his inclusion into the actual MCU, and I am just not sure Disney and Kevin Feige are all that interested in a Spawn/ Venom cross-over with everything else they have going on in the upcoming years. But those are just my thoughts, what are yours? Feel free to share them down in the comments section!