What does that mean for Venom? Well, I expect that the movie will need to tie-in to Spider-Man at least in some form and the cross-over ideas are always great for marketing and for fan hype. Just look at what it’s doing for X-Men and the Marvel Studios films… possibly even the DC films going forward starting with Green Lantern.
Since Venom is nowhere near Spider-Man 4 in the development process, it won’t be out before Spidey 4 swings into theaters and probably not that year. That means, we might get Venom tying into Spider-Man 5 & 6 (they’re said to be interconnected) which would allow for the films to share a continuity and start fresh with a better take on Venom and a new take on Spider-Man.
It also fulfills Sony’s wishes of having the ability to pump out more films quickly from the franchise and by having a new people working on Spider-Man and a possible franchise out of the Venom characters, they could release a movie annually for quite some time.
Either the movie ties into the existing franchise in some form, or it helps kickoff the reboot of Spider-man which could be happening with Spider-Man 5 & 6.
That being said, I’m not completely sold on a Venom spinoff as he’s not nearly as appealing to the mass audiences as Spidey is as a title character. It will all come down the marketing and casting of course and some sort of tie-in with Spider-Man will give it a hefty boost.
As for Spider-Man 4, if the next movie doesn’t improve heavily upon the last installment, fans will not be impressed and will be much more accepting of the inevitable franchise reboot (or re-casting).
I’m still curious on the villains of these movies. Will Mysterio (possibly played by Bruce Campbell) be the villain of Spider-Man 4? Who will be the Venom’s enemy? Will Spider-Man duke it out with a new-and-improved version of Venom?
What do you think about the state of the franchise, the Venom spinoff and potential of a reboot?
Spider-Man 4 is scheduled to open May 6, 2011.
Source: SCI FI Wire, Header edited from art by Andre Holzmeister