Since Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios came together to produce new Spider-Man films together, Sony has also taken the opportunity to work on additional Marvel related projects. Two films have been formally announced in the last few months, with Ruben Fleischer’s Venom and Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Silver and Black.
The Hollywood Reporter released a feature today on Sony’s plans for their own Marvel related films beyond Silver and Black as well as Venom. While the trade didn’t reveal where and when they would appear, Sony is planning on including the Spider-Man villains Mysterio and Kraven the Hunter in their Marvel projects.
The studio supposedly wants to take their time with building out their world rather than rushing a big group movie like Sinister Six through The Amazing Spider-Man franchise. This would mark as the live-action debuts of both Kraven and Mysterio. Several animated Spider-Man shows over the years have featured Mysterio and Kraven in big roles.
Sony producer Amy Pascal recently confirmed that Silver and Black as well as Venom will be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the new Spider-Man: Homecoming franchise starring Tom Holland. Pascal also stated that there is always a chance for Holland’s character to appear in Sony’s Marvel films.
“It will all take place in the world we are now creating for Peter Parker. It’ll be adjunct to it, it may be different locations, but it will all still be in the same world and they will be connected to each other as well.”
Ruben Fleischer’s Venom, starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, is slated to hit theaters on October 5, 2018.
Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Silver and Black is reportedly set to come out sometime in 2018.
Who do you want to see play Kraven and Mysterio? Where sort of Marvel film would you want to see Kraven and Mysterio appear in? Sound off in the comments below.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
6 Ways Sony Can Make ‘Venom’ Actually Good
A while ago, it was announced that Sony was interested in revisiting the Venom property after featuring the character in the contentious Spider-Man 3, with the intent to have a new franchise that wouldn’t necessarily be tied to the current cinematic iteration of Spider-Man. Progress on that stalled when it turned out that Sony would be placing emphasis on developing an animated movie instead; While news on that movie has steadily been released, Venom seemed to be put on the back-burner for a while. Now, in what appears to be a knee-jerk reaction to Aquaman moving to take Avatar 2‘s planned release date, Sony has suddenly announced that the Venom project is back in business, and will be arriving on the same day that Aquaman was originally going to be released.
Naturally, this has left a lot of fans with concerns, particularly with the team that’s producing Venom – Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, the duo behind the unnecessary The Amazing Spider-Man reboot series that caved in on its second installment and indirectly led to Sony’s decision to re-reboot into a much more accurate and well-received take on Peter Parker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony Pictures as a company has been taking a lot of flak for a number of creative decisions recently, such as greenlighting the already-maligned animated feature The Emoji Movie and deciding to cancel the Ghostbusters III film that was in development in the late 2000s in favor of pushing out a reboot with a half-assed script, a decision that the contributed greatly to Sony’s billion-dollar write-off for their film division last year when their would-be mega-franchise came up incredibly short. They’re not exactly in the best place right now as a company, and it’s going to be a while before Spider-Man: Homecoming (hopefully) puts them in a better position as far as their tentpoles are concerned.
But there’s still a chance for Venom to defy expectations and actually turn out to be a good movie. The easiest option for Sony would be to wait a bit and cooperate with Marvel Studios before thinking about putting the Lethal Protector in one of their movies – since it’s very likely that Spider-Man will get the Symbiote in Avengers: Infinity War, and Venom will probably play a part in their own plans – but given the divide between Arad and Marvel Studios following his departure from the company, this does not seem likely. Operating on the presumption that Venom will be set outside of the MCU’s continuity – which ultimately may not be the case – here are 6 things that Sony must do to make sure that they get the villain/anti-hero right this time.