Venom Director Ruben Fleischer: 'Confrontation' With Spider-Man Is Coming
When Venom was released last October - after plenty of hype - it was met with mixed reviews. However, it was also the seventh-highest grossing film of the year, raking in more than $850 million (£675m). As such, we can expect to see Venom 2 on the big screen sometime next year.
But will Spider-Man play a part in the sequel?
Well, according to the director of the first Venom film, Ruben Fleischer, it is only a matter of time before the Marvel Comics characters cross paths.
According to Fandom, he said: "That's where it's all going to lead, and that's the exciting thing, because we changed the origin of Venom... in the comics, he evolved from Spider-Man but because of the Marvel-Sony thing we weren't able to 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."
Whether Tom Hardy will share a scene with Tom Holland in the next Venom movie remains to be seen, but it's good to know this is something we can look forward to at some stage. It's also good to know that Hardy will definitely be reprising his role as Eddie Brock in the sequel.
The news was confirmed by Sony producer, Amy Pascal, in July.
Speaking to Fandango, she said: "I can say that Tom Hardy will be back, magnificently playing that character as no one else can."
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Andy Serkis - or Gollum, to you and I - will take up the director's chair for the sequel and Fleischer said he was 'kinda happy' to relinquish the role to him.
When asked if he would have changed anything about Venom, he said: "If anything, I would have changed the critics' reaction to it. I was really bummed that people didn't like it because it's a crowd-pleasing movie and I'm not sure if there was just blow-back against Sony or people just worship Marvel.
"But I was really surprised that the critics were gunning for it because audiences really enjoyed the movie. And so many people who've seen it just appreciated that it was a fun superhero movie. So I was a little surprised. I don't know what they were expecting.
"I was kinda happy to let somebody else take over. And I'm excited to see what he does with it."
In the comics, Venom's origin is bound tightly to Spider-Man's own history with the alien symbiote that later bonds with Eddie Brock - however the Venom movie omitted the webslinger's involvement entirely.
The reasons for this are most likely found in the licensing issues (no wait, come back!) surrounding both characters.
The rights to both of the Marvel favourites are owned by Sony, although this was complicated by a licensing agreement regarding Spider-Man's involvement in the Disney-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which encompasses the heroes from the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises.
Recently it seemed as though Spider-Man might be removed from the MCU following contract wrangling between Sony and Disney, but now that seems to have been resolved. Does this pave the way for Venom to enter the MCU as well? Time will tell...
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