It was a rocky road between Marvel and Sony the past few weeks where the communication broke down leaving the third Spider-Man film in limbo. However, now with some equilibrium regained betwixt Sony Pictures and Marvel over the last slice of film production rights Disney has not managed to consume, it seems talks are now coming full circle to Sony Pictures’ Venom closing the spitting distance gap with MCU’s Spider-Man.
Now, we have heard this before; Sony’s Amy Pascal’s press conference fudge that insinuated Venom would share the same universe as the MCU. It later turned out she was making reference to the comic universe, not the cinematic one.
However, Venom‘s director Ruben Fleischer has fanned the near-ousted embers of fandom once again with talk of a cross-over event. According to Fleischer, Sony is building the Venom franchise to its ultimate end – a confrontation between Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock and Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. Venom versus Spider-Man.
In total, here is what Ruben Fleischer had to say:
And that’s the exciting thing, because we changed the origin of Venom [for the first movie]. In the comics, he evolved from Spider-Man but because of the Marvel-Sony thing we weren’t able to do that. And so the thing I think it’s building towards, and will be exciting to see, is when they actually do confront each other.
Opinion time! Disney we are sure has a long game. And if this partnership were to fit into their ultimate plans, which I do believe is regaining the film rights to Spider-Man et al outright, then we could very well be saying a face-off for the ages. But first, the Andy Serkis-directed Venom 2 will have to go some ways to amend the many shortcomings of the first Venom Movie.