Venom is, without a doubt, a favourite among comic fans. The antihero has been around for decades but it wasn’t until 2007 that it finally made it to the big screen in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. After that, the Symbiote has only had brief appearances. Now, thanks to Sony’s plans of a Marvel Universe, Venom is having its first solo film.
Last month, Sony announced Tom Hardy as the lead for Venom, with Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) attached to direct. Now that Sony shares Spider-Man’s custody with Marvel Studios (and with Venom being a character from Spiderverse) it’s inevitable to ask if he will have a place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In a live Facebook interview with French website AlloCiné – and transcribed by ScreenGeek – Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed there are no plans on adding Venom to the MCU, saying “for now, there is no plan for Venom in the MCU. It’s a Sony project”.
Venom is intended to be the first film in Sony’s Marvel Universe, which will be centered on characters from Spider-Man’s mythology. The second film planned is Silver & Black, starring Black Cat and Silver Sable. Unlike the MCU, Sony’s universe will be adult-oriented, with Venom intended to be R-rated. Thank you, Sony.
Although these characters come from Spiderverse, the web-slinger will not be featured, but there will be references to the character. Back to the R rated topic, Feige was asked about potential R-rated films in the MCU, to which he replied: “currently we don’t work on R-rated movies, it’s not out of the question, but currently, no”.
After the success of Deadpool it would be easy to assume Marvel Studios could follow the R-rated path. But even though they have the characters for it, for now it seems safer to continue the family-oriented line. Let’s not lose hope on some R-rated films in future phases, though.
As for the Symbiote – and while Spider-Man 3 is quite debatable – it seems we will have a much better performance (and visuals) than in Raimi’s film.
Venom is scheduled for an October 5, 2018 release.