It appears that plans are in motion to ensure Venom and Spider-Man meet on the big screen once again.
The director of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Andy Serkis, has recently confirmed that Venom and Spider-Man will indeed meet on screen at some point in the future. Venom: Let There Be Carnage is due to be released in theaters next month, and is the much anticipated sequel to the original Venom movie that was released in 2018. Tom Hardy reprises his role as Eddie Brock again for the upcoming sequel, as Eddie continues to be the host for the alien symbiote known as Venom. We’ll follow Eddie on his journey again as he battles to get used to life with Venom. Woody Harrelson joins the cast and will play a serial killer named Cletus Kasady. We’ll also see Kasady merge with an alien symbiote called Carnage, who is Venom’s arch enemy in the comics.
The Venom movies are now part of the universe that Sony and Marvel share when it comes to Spider-Man and related characters from that world. It has been reported that the upcoming Morbius movie scheduled for release in 2022 and Kraven the Hunter which is set for release in 2023, will also be a part of this shared universe. This shared universe has been made possible due to the fact that Sony and Disney now share the character of Spider-Man after striking a deal in 2019. This in turn allows Disney to keep Spider-Man in the MCU for the foreseeable future which is sure to please die-hard fans.
Andy Serkis recently spoke to IGN, and confirmed that as a result of these new connections between Sony and Disney, it appears to be a certainty that Venom and Spider-Man will crossover on the big screen in due course.
"Look, that's the question on everyone's lips. They want to know if Venom is gonna meet Spider-Man, but personally, it's never gonna happen. I'm only joking, of course it's gonna happen... But, I think there's so much... Look, it depends when you want to get there, and also, what the appetite is. If people want more Venom stories, then, to jump straight to Spider-Man, you could be missing out on so many great supervillain characters in between now and then. So, in a way, by rushing to it, you might be closing the door."
Serkis then also went on to comment about the other ‘’fantastic stories’’ that could be told by including the villains that are housed in the Ravencroft institute, which is an asylum that the criminally insane are sent to. Serkis noted that care needs to be taken in the process of getting Spider-Man and Venom on screen together, and that it shouldn’t be rushed if "they'll be sacrificing all of that stuff" (referring to the potential stories that can be told involving other villains).
From these comments, we can assume that Serkis is committed to ensuring that Venom’s character and story are built in the best way possible in line with the comics, rather than just doing whatever is necessary to get Venom and Spider-Man in a movie together just because it is now possible. However, fans will still be pleased to know that they can expect the crossover to happen at some point in the future. Tom Hardy himself has also expressed his desire for a potential crossover which will definitely help things along further.
Venom currently plays the role of an anti-hero in Sony’s Spider-Man universe, so it will definitely be interesting to see how his character develops in a way which would necessitate the need to involve Spider-Man. Will the two go at it in battle or end up working together to dispatch a common threat? Time will reveal all. In the meantime, we can all look forward to Venom: Let There Be Carnage which is due for release on the first week of October 2021.
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