With the new Spider-Man: Homecoming franchise officially kicking off in a few weeks when Tom Holland swings back into theaters, Sony Pictures is getting closer to rolling the cameras for the upcoming Venom film that is arriving in 2018. Despite Amy Pascal’s recent comments, Venom along with Silver and Black will not be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after she and Kevin Feige clarified that those films are outside the MCU.
Tom Hardy will be taking on the role of Eddie Brock a.k.a. Venom who will be facing the villainous Carnage in the Ruben Fleischer picture. Jon Watts, who directed Spider-Man: Homecoming, spoke with Screen Rant over the weekend where he shared his excitement about Venom as well as Hardy taking on the role.
“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.”
The movie is reportedly set to begin production on September 1 in New York and Atlanta. Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Silver and Black is supposedly also going to start filming sometime this fall which hopefully means that we’ll have some casting news soon.
Ruben Fleischer’s Venom, starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, is slated to hit theaters on October 5, 2018.
Source: Screen Rant
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.