Sony Pictures teamed up with Disney and Marvel Studios to reboot Spider-Man within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, first introducing a new and younger Peter Parker (played by Tom Holland) in Captain America: Civil War, before launching the character's own trilogy beginning with Spider-Man: Homecoming this summer.
I had the opportunity to visit the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming last August and at the time, the producers revealed that there really isn't a concrete long-term plan outside of keeping Parker in high school for a trilogy and that as long as they keep making great movies, everyone will be happy. We did however get a vague confirmation from ex-Sony boss and producer Amy Pascal that Sony was also developing Venom - a movie that's made many headlines in the last few weeks.
According to Sony last week though, Venom - along with a Black Cat and Silver Sable team-up project - are currently being developed not as spinoffs of the MCU Spider-Man movies, but as their own movies as part of a Sony's Marvel Universe. This was further confirmed by Homecoming director Jon Watts who said Venom straight-up isn't connected to the MCU and fits with Tom Holland saying he doesn't really know anything about those projects.
And on top of that, Amy Pascal revealed that their obligations to Marvel with Tom Holland's Peter Parker ends after the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel. Perhaps then his Spider-Man would fold into Sony's Marvel Universe and continue separate from the main MCU. Like all Marvel contracts, all this could and probably will change as these obligations are met, depending on the success and reception of Spidey's appearances in his own two movies and the Avengers flicks.
What we do know from chatting with Tom Holland on set though is that he definitely wants to battle Venom. Is there a villain you’d love to take a crack at after this one?
Tom Holland: Oh, well I love Doc Ock. I think Spider-Man 2 is one of the greatest superhero movies ever made. But I think Venom is someone I’d love to kick the crap out of one day.
This must happen. It does not make sense to develop Venom in a world where there's no Spider-Man. The reason he looks the way he does and has the abilities he does is because of his host connection to Peter Parker from the comics. What do you think, and should Venom be setup or teased in the MCU and at least take place in it? Share your thoughts in the comments!
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine - distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man - but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. Directed by Jon Watts. Produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
- Venom (2018) release date: Oct 05, 2018