Last week we learned that Tom Hardy has been cast as Eddie Brock aka. Venom in the upcoming Venom movie from Sony Pictures. The film will be directed by Ruben Fleischer and won’t exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That means Venom won’t exist in the same universe as Tom Holland’s Spider-Man! According to reports, the Venom movie will be the start of “Sony’s Marvel Universe” and won’t have any connections to Holland’s Spider-Man or the MCU.
The first thing I want to say is that I’m fine with Sony wanting to build its own version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Personally, I think it would be a big mistake for Marvel to take back control of every character because it would mean we wouldn’t get films like Logan or Deadpool. Saying that however, it makes absolutely no sense for Sony to create Venom in a universe completely unconnected from the current Spider-Man. As a character Venom only exists because of Spider-Man. Peter was the symbiote’s first host and it’s because of Spider-Man that the alien creature latched onto Eddie Brock. Even the look of the character is designed to be similar to Spider-Man and I’m not sure if you can introduce Eddie Brock as Venom in a different universe from Spider-Man, without radically changing the characters origin and I think you need to tell Venom’s origin as a character. Unlike Spider-Man, Venom isn’t a character that a lot of the general audience knows. They certainly don’t know his full origin story so Sony would be taking a massive risk to create a Venom movie without the origin.
On the other hand, I can’t help but get excited about this Venom movie. First of all, I’ve always wanted to see Venom on the big screen and I think if this movie is R-rated it could be incredible. Also, this project gets my attention because Tom Hardy is one of the best actors working in Hollywood, and is well known for being especially particular when it comes to the projects he works on. This tells me that the concept and the script for the Venom movie are extremely impressive. If Tom Hardy has signed onto this project I’m confident that Sony has an exciting plan for its Marvel Universe.
Honestly, I just hope once Spider-Man: Homecoming is released Sony recognises that it needs Spider-Man in its Marvel Universe. That doesn’t mean it needs to connect to the MCU and we don’t even need to see Spider-Man, the film could simply mention him but I’m not convinced that a Venom movie can work without Spidey.