Sony has just announced that they are indeed going ahead with a Venom solo movie, something that has been in the works for a long time. But this movie, you know about one of Spider-Man’s most popular villains, won’t be connected to the new Spider-Man movies. Huhh??? So let’s take a look and ponder the thought process and future plans of Sony.
It felt like a long time coming when Sony and Marvel announced that they had made an agreement which would allow Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Amazing Spider-Man 2 wasn’t an outright disaster, but Sony relied on it too heavily to be this great movie that could launch an expanded universe for Spider-Man. That obviously didn’t happen, and now we have a new Spider-Man who has been put into the MCU’s expanded world.
So now everyone’s thinking, yes! Sony is on the right track again. They have a new Spider-Man who can interact with other heroes, they have the help of the Marvel producers and creative teams, things are looking good. Finally Sony can start envisioning some long-term plans for Spider-Man.
And what do they announce? A Venom ‘Spider-Man’ spinoff movie, that isn’t actually connected to Spider-Man. Why is Sony making a Venom movie that’s not in the same universe as Spider-Man? This is completely baffling. Everyone, I mean everyone, is trying their hardest to start their own shared universe of some sort.
Sony was finally handed a shared universe on a silver platter, and what do they decide to do? Distance themselves from it. But that could be the problem. Maybe the creative direction Sony wanted to go for with Venom conflicted with what Marvel wanted. After all if Sony did Venom in the same universe as Spider-Man, it would be the same universe as Marvel, so Marvel would have a say.
Who knows, perhaps Sony wanted to go a little darker or edgier with Venom, and Marvel just weren’t having it. Which meant that Sony were forced to divorce Venom from the MCU, and have him be in his own separate universe, so Sony could have complete creative freedom.
This could be the case, and if so, that’s not good. Because if Sony are reviving their long-awaited Venom plans then they’re probably going to start reviving their other plan, Sinister Six. Will that be in the same universe as Venom or in a universe of its own?
I wonder if Sony are being forced to maintain a certain tone, in order to stay aligned with the MCU. If Sony wanted to start focusing on darker Spidey villains, that could have come into conflict with Marvel.
Really this is all speculation, and maybe that’s not what happened at all. But I just don’t know of any other possible explanation as to why they would put Venom in a different universe. It doesn’t make any sense.
The movie is being written by Edge of Tomorrow writer Dante Harper which is promising, but it’s also being produced by the notorious Avi Arad which is interesting…
I just want Sony to come out and give everyone a little insight into what their long-term strategy is here. Because surely third time is the charm right? They can’t get their new Spider-Man movies wrong again, I don’t know how they could bounce back from that.
For now I’ll remain hopeful that there is some great plan that explains their decisions nicely…
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