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Sony is revving up its long-in-development “Spider-Man” spinoff “Venom” that’s intended to turn into its own separate series. That is of course unless they totally BOTCH it.
My first fears is how are they gonna do this without Spider-Man ? The whole reason the symbiote and Eddie Brock came together to become Venom was their mutual hatred for Spider-Man/Peter Parker. I’m not saying it can´t be done , but it sure makes their job a lot harder than it needs to be.
I’ve always liked Venom as a character. He was the first Spider-Man villain that readers really could believe was a serious threat to Spider-Man, and indeed anyone who got in his way. This guy not only hurt people. He killed people ! And the fact that Venom know Spider-Man’s secret identity before Spider-Man even knew Venom existed , he also posed a significant threat to Peter Parker’s family and friends.
Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing and overseeing the new film, which is another Red Flag for me. Avi Arad has never given me the impression that he has a clue about any of the projects he has overseen. The first time we got Venom onscreen was in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. And there Venom was forced into Raimi’s film by Avi Arad. The result was not a success.
The script will be penned ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ scribe Dante Harper. This might be a very good choice. I would say that EoT was a far more complicated story than Venom ever needs to be. The real question is , will the production allow Marvels catalogue of Venom stories to be used in the development of the story. If they indeed want this to be a stand alone franchise then they really should think it through in the same vain as the current 3 Star Wars films reportedly have been.
They really need to have a plan for what this character is going to be. He can’t just turn up as a hero , and the question of the film’s rating should never be in doubt. It simply can NOT be anything but a Rated R movie. If they go for a PG rating, they have already failed. They have already betrayed the character, and the fans. Venom is a psychopath. He is a killer. Even in later stages of the characters run, where he tries to become the champion and protector of the “innocent” , he still had absolutely no problem with cracking heads, and killing whoever he deemed to “deserve it” . And therein lies the crux of his character. He doesn’t see the problem there. Some guy is stealing a womans handbag, and Venom is more than ready to rip the guy’s arms off . Much like The Punisher really.
PG he is not
There is one Venom storyline that I do see as being a good start off point for Sony to go with. Its the series called – SINNER TAKES ALL- written by GI Joe creator Larry Hama. A five-part series published between August and December 1995. The story pits Venom against the Sin-Eater. A character who really isn’t that far removed from Venom himself. The story also featured Eddie Brock’s estranged ex-wife Anne Weying, who during the series becomes targeted by the Sin-Eater. Now I don´t want to delve into this story in detail. First off I don´t want to spoil it for readers, but also because it might be a pipe dream that Sony would even consider using an existing story, no matter how good it is. But as an introduction it could work really well. Fans will know that it was Eddie Brock´s shoddy journalism about the Sin-Eater that ultimately ruined his career . So if they could somehow tie that origin story from Spectacular Spider-Man in 1985 * and move through to the Sinner Takes All story from 1995, It could really be something special. How it can be done without ever addressing Spider-Man though is another matter. The Sinner Takes All story does not need Spider-Man , but Eddie’s fall from grace and subsequent transformation into Venom does really need at the very least a mention of Peter Parker/Spider-Man
( *Venom made his full first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #300 May 1988, but David Michelinie would later use the events of Peter David’s 1985 “Sin Eater” storyline in Spectacular Spider-Man as a basis for Brock’s origin )
I don´t even want to contemplate the possibility that they might go with a Venom story where Eddie Brock is not involved. But then again, with Avi Arad involved It really wouldn’t surprise me. It would outrage me , and I would never pay to go see it, but it wouldn’t surprise me. Even though the two others who bonded with the symbiote had even closer ties to Spider-Man than Eddie Brock in a way, Avi Arad just might be out of touch enough to go that route.
It’s gonna be interesting to see how they try to do it. As soon as a casting choice is made we will see either how far off they are , or how close to the character they are staying. Lets just say that someone puny like Topher Grace , or that douche from that vampire show ain’t gonna cut the mustard . And I’m not saying they should get some steroid freak like Brock Lesnar either. A guy who can’t even pretend to act on a wrestling show.
May i suggest :
You know. Actors.
What do you think Spider-Friends ? Can they pull it off ? Will Todd McFarlane get some credit ? Will Avi Arad mess it all up ? Like , comment, and share down below and on those oh so social of medias.
Hundreds of sites are reporting this an an exclusive. So I won´t …..
The man behind Marvel’s “Daredevil” had been attached to direct “The Sinister Six” for Sony. After working with Marvel on Netflix’s upcoming “Daredevil” series, Drew Goddard has now been set to write and direct the new “Spider-Man” reboot for Sony Pictures and Marvel
Rumors were flying over the weekend that producers Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige had found a director, and Goddard is the perfect man for the job. He had been attached to direct “Sinister Six” for Sony after wrapping the first season of Marvel/Netflix’s “Daredevil” series.
Word is they are going for a high school Spiderman, and that the origin story will not be done. HURRA
With only 3 days to go until the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT promised last week by Robert Downey Jr, I would say the odds of it being the SpiderMan casting reveal just went sky high
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios officially announced today that Sony is bringing Marvel into the amazing world of Spider-Man! As such, Marvel Studios has also shifted its upcoming release calendar.
Under a new deal, a new Spider-Man will first appear in a currently-unspecified Marvel film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.
Marvel and Sony Pictures are also exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films.
The new relationship follows a decade of speculation among fans about whether Spider-Man – who has always been an integral and important part of the larger Marvel Universe in the comic books – could become part of the Marvel Universe on the big screen. Spider-Man has more than 50 years of history in Marvel’s world, and with this deal, fans will be able to experience Spider-Man taking his rightful place among other super heroes in the MCU.
“Spider-Man is one of Marvel’s great characters,” says Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company, “beloved around the world. We’re thrilled to work with Sony Pictures to bring the iconic web-slinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which opens up fantastic new opportunities for storytelling and franchise building.”
“We always want to collaborate with the best and most successful filmmakers to grow our franchises and develop our characters. Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy, who helped orchestrate this deal, are the perfect team to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. “This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans.”
“Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios share a love for the characters in the Spider-Man universe and have a long, successful history of working together. This new level of collaboration is the perfect way to take Peter Parker’s story into the future,” added Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.
“I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “Amy has been deeply involved in the realization on film of one of the world’s most beloved characters. Marvel’s involvement will hopefully deliver the creative continuity and authenticity that fans demand from the MCU. I am equally excited for the opportunity to have Spider-Man appear in the MCU, something which both we at Marvel, and fans alike, have been looking forward to for years.”
Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.
As a result of the new deal, Thor: Ragnarok will now arrive nearly four months later than planned, moving to November 3, 2017 (from July 28). Black Panther, which previously held that spot, gets delayed eight months, going from that original November 3 date to July 6, 2018. That, in turn, bumps Captain Marvel to November 2, 2018 and moves Inhumans all the way to July 12, 2019. The two-part Avengers: Infinity War, meanwhile, remains set for release May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019.