Marvel fans aren’t the only ones who want to see Tom Holland’s Spider-Man face off against Tom Hardy’s Venom as director Ruben Fleischer has revealed hopes to see the wall-crawler go up against the anti-hero in a sequel from Sony.
The upcoming Venom film features Hardy in the starring role of the reporter-turned-Spider-Man nemesis, Eddie Brock. The film has been confirmed to be an origin story of sorts for Venom as the film takes influence from the Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes comic book runs. The spin-off which will begin to expand Sony’s Universe of Spider-Man characters was once rumored to feature an appearance from Tom Holland as Peter Parker but with no current plans to connect the film directly to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, hope to see Spider-Man on the silver screen with Venom has been left for the sequel.
Speaking with Comicbook.com, Fleischer was asked about being denied the right to use certain Marvel characters in the film, in which he was candid about his hope to see Spider-Man in a sequel:
“I think there’s a pretty obvious one inherent to the Venom franchise that for whatever reason couldn’t be included in the film but I will say that I look forward to future movies where said character could perhaps run across Venom. Nothing would be more exciting to see than a face off with Spider-Man.”
Given Sony’s current deal with Marvel is up after Spider-Man: Far From Home, Fleischer was also asked if he would be open to casting a new Spider-Man or if he would instead include the Holland iteration of the web-slinger:
“I will say I think Tom Holland is a fantastic Spider-Man. I really loved Homecoming, I’m really excited for [Spider-Man: Far From Home]. I’m friends with Jon Watts and I’ve met Tom Holland and I know that he and [Venom star Tom] Hardy are excited to go toe to toe so that would be a version I personally would be very excited about.”
Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script by Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg and Kelly Marcel, the film stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Ron Cephas Jones, and Woody Harrelson.
One of Marvel’s greatest and most complex characters takes center stage as Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) becomes the host for the alien symbiote Venom. As a journalist, Eddie has been trying to take down the notorious founder of the Life Foundation, genius Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) – and that obsession ruined his career and his relationship with his girlfriend, Anne Weying (Michelle Williams).
Upon investigating one of Drake’s experiments, the alien Venom merges with Eddie’s body, and he suddenly has incredible new superpowers, as well as the chance to do just about whatever he wants. Twisted, dark, unpredictable, and fueled by rage, Venom leaves Eddie wrestling to control dangerous abilities that he also finds empowering and intoxicating. As Eddie and Venom need each other to get what they’re looking for, they become more and more intertwined — where does Eddie end and Venom begin?
Venom hits theaters on October 5, 2018.