Venom creator Todd McFarlane is perfectly alright with Sony choosing to get Tom Holland’s Spider-Man out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
At this year’s Fan Expo Canada, which was held in Toronto, Venom creator Todd McFarlane took time out of his panel to discuss the split between Sony and Marvel regarding Tom Holland’s iteration of Spider-Man. During his panel, McFarlane touched upon the current state of the comic book industry and how it has radically shifted due to the prominence of blockbuster franchises. In the same conversation, he touched upon how Sony did the right thing by cutting ties with the MCU.
Todd McFarlane, best known for creating Spawn and Venom, has closely worked with Marvel many times, but he has always attempted to maintain an independent status in the comic book scene. He noted that a majority of the properties are either owned by Marvel (Disney) or DC (Warner Bros.) and that these studios will do everything in their power to get their hands on as many comic book properties as possible.
McFarlane stated that one of the key reasons why Sony decided to stop playing with Marvel was because the former wanted to avoid a bidding war that would put the company up for sale. Disney famously purchased 20th Century Fox, which has a slew of original films in development, but many pundits believed that the purchase was solely done to extract all the properties that Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige could not work with, such as X-Men and the Fantastic Four. If the company were to go up for sale, Disney could snatch up Venom and Spider-Man, thus obtaining all of their properties. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is a hot commodity and by cutting ties with Marvel, Sony was able to ensure that they were the ones not succumbing to the pressure of giant conglomerate. With the success of Venom, it makes sense for Sony to pursue their own interests.
Addressing the crowd, Venom creator Todd McFarlane touched upon Sony’s perspective.
“They were trying to extract Spiderman, right? And Sony went, no,no, it ain’t gonna happen.”
Unfortunately, extractions like these have become the norm. McFarlane is confident that this is the best time to be an independent comic book artist or writer because every studio is willing to scoop up original properties so they can put them up on screen.
“If you are Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, you’re looking at all these movies called “Avengers” that are making all this money, and you want comic book stuff. They have to take a sharpie and they have to black out those top 94 properties. Because if they’re not Disney or Warner Brothers, they’re just not getting it.”
While it is disappointing that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man no longer exists within the MCU, it is refreshing to know that Sony can now pursue their own interests and bring Tom Holland into any future Venom sequels. In McFarlane’s books, the ball’s in Sony’s courts.
Tom Holland’s Spider-Man was last seen in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Here’s the official synopsis for the movie:
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.
Directed by Jon Watts from a script written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, Spider-Man: Far From Home stars Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Martin Starr, Numan Acar, J.B. Smoove, Oli Hill, Remy Hii, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Cobie Smulders, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is now playing in theaters. Stay tuned for the latest news on Tom Holland’s future as Spider-Man and Sony’s plans for Venom.