We’ve been waiting for a while now for some news on how Sony would carry on their Spider-Man reboot now that Marvel also has some skin in the game and today The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the Venom spin-off, which was previously announced and then shelved during Andrew Garfield’s run as our favorite web-slinger, is now back on the table.
Sony’s original plan was develop two Spider-Man spin-off franchises which were to include the Sinister Six and Venom, but after the infamous Sony hack, the Amazing Spider-Man franchise and it’s spin-offs were consequently canceled. Last year, however, it was announced that Spider-Man would not only get another rebooted franchise, but this time, he’d be allowed to join the proper Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is something that fans had been pleading for for years. The newly formed joint venture allows for Spider-Man to appear in MCU films with Marvel set to co-produce the Sony solo films which should hopefully help to provide a certain level of continuity within the MCU while giving fans the comicbook accurate Spider-Man they’ve been wanting to see since the Rami version of the franchise kicked off in 2002.
According to THR, Sony’s plan is to develop Venom as a solo series and franchise that’s independent of Spider-Man, but it would be hard to see them introduce the fan favorite villain/anti-hero outside of a proper Spider-Man film. One of the prevailing rumors surrounding the new solo Spider-Man film series is that Venom could very much be a part of the through line leading up to the inevitable spin-off. Venom’s big screen debut was in Rami’s 2007, Spider-Man 3, which was widely panned by both critics and fans in large part due to the treatment of Venom.
Fan’s have been clamoring for a done-right version of the character and with Marvel’s leadership, hopes are that they’ll not only proceed down the symbiote saga path which tells the story of Venom’s origin, but that the story could also lead into a Maximum Carnage story-line, another one of Spider-Man’s more popular story arcs that has not yet made it to the big screen.
So what do you think about this news? Are you excited to see Venom return to the big screen or are you on the fence given his prior treatment? Do you think he should appear in a Spider-Man movie first before spinning off into his own franchise or can the character stand on his own, sans Spider-Man? Also always, chime in with your thoughts in the comments section below!Follow Us: