‘Venom’ Will Not Be Part of the Marvel Universe
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has dropped a bit of bad news for comic fans, as he reveals to Allocine that the upcoming Venom film will not be part of the cinematic universe. This means that the Tom Hardy helmed thriller will be a stand alone Sony production.
“For now, there is no plan for Venom in the MCU. It’s a Sony Project.”
This means that the chances of Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man showing up will be relatively thin. Unless Sony can hash out a deal with Marvel Studios, Venom will not be part of the bigger MCU picture. Considering that the film is aiming for an R rating, it’s probably not a property that the Disney owned company (Marvel) want to be directly part of anyhow.
This would not be the first R rated Marvel adaption, as the Blade trilogy of films did very well, but kept the fact that it was a Marvel adaption very low key. In fact, Feige referenced Blade in his chat with Allocine. when asked of the possibilities of Venom becoming part of the MCU, Feige said
“I don’t think it’s out of the question. When I started at Marvel seventeen years ago, the Blade franchise was doing very well. A lot of people didn’t even know that it was based on a Marvel character because at the time they sort of hid the fact it was Marvel.”
So there is a chance that they could filter venom into the MCU at a later stage.
“Not out of the question, but not something we’re working on right now.”
Well this certainly dampers our hope of seeing Tom Hardy’s Venom going up against Iron Man and Captain America, but it does sound as if Marvel are not completely against the idea. I guess they will see how the first film does and then decide if they want a slice of the action (and if Sony will allow it!)
Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer is directing and the film starts shooting September 1 in both Atlanta, Georgia and New York City. The films drops October 5, 2018.