Spider-Man: Homecoming's director is excited to see Sony's planned Venom standalone film. The original announcement of the Venom film last year came as a legitimate shock to many Spider-Man fans too, since it had come just a few months ahead of Captain America: Civil War's theatrical release, where Tom Holland would be making his debut as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So when it looked like the Spider-Man character would be starting over completely again, in a new Marvel Studios-led era, the announcement that the Venom film was still alive and in development at Sony led to a lot of head-scratching amongst the comic book fan community.
And just when it looked as though the Venom film had fallen away again, it was announced just a few months ago that Sony had officially cast Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom in the film, which would also be directed by Zombieland and Gangster Squad director, Rueben Fleischer. Ever since then, fans have been busy speculating and theorizing about how Venom may or may not connect to Homecoming, and what the crossover potential between the two franchises could possibly be.
Of course, it's now well-known that the chances of Venom and Spider-Man crossing over are very low on the big screen, but that doesn't mean fans can't still be excited about the spin-off either. In fact, during Screen Rant's interview with him this weekend, Homecoming director Jon Watts, opened up about how excited he is to see the Venom solo film:
"I mean, I’m excited to see all of them. I know Ruben Fleischer, who’s doing Venom; we’ve known each other since [our] music video days. So like the idea of Tom Hardy being Venom is pretty cool, I’m really excited. I don’t know as much about the other movie yet, but yeah I’m so immersed in just the Spider-Man universe that I can see the potential in all of those movies."
Watts isn't the only one to express his enthusiasm towards the project over the past few months. While the project might have been ridiculed initially, the casting of Tom Hardy as the titular anti-hero has led many fans to wonder what the possible validity of the spinoff film may be, or how it's existence could possibly hurt the MCU's Spider-Man franchise. That's become an especially interesting point of discussion, following the announcement that Sony's new Black Cat and Silver Sable-led film, Silver & Black, is also going to begin filming later this year.
Now, the biggest hurdle that Venom will have to overcome is delivering a story that's just as compelling and believable for the Eddie Brock character as it would be if Peter Parker was involved in it. Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal have made it especially clear over the past few days that Venom is not connected to the MCU in any way right now, which will only make its existence that much more confusing for less-informed comic book fans and general moviegoers. Fortunately, the casting of someone as talented and charismatic as Tom Hardy in the lead role is a good first step in making sure a Venom film without Spider-Man still feels like something worth investing your time in.
- Venom (2018) release date: Oct 05, 2018
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017