Remember how Sony’s upcoming Spider-Verse was being developed without a Spider-Man? Well, maybe that’s not the case after all…
Treat this as purely a rumour right now, but there’s talk that Tom Holland’s Wall-crawler could well actually turn up in this year’s Tom Hardy-headlined Venom. That movie, of course, is the launching point for this shared cinematic realm, with a Silver Sable and Black Cat team-up picture – titled Silver & Black – set for February 2019, then plans in place for a film centred on the vampiric Michael Morbius, not to mention reported solo outings for both Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio.
Previously, we’d heard how the final picture of Holland’s six-picture Spidey deal may – just may – see him swing on over to Sony’s shared Spider-Verse. That realm was reported to be being developed as a completely different entity to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Holland’s Web-head.
Now, Movie Talk’s Jon Schnepp – the man behind the brilliant The Death of Superman Lives! documentary – is reporting that Holland will actually appear in Venom. As he put it, “Spider-Man is going to be in Venom. For the last couple of months, we’ve been hearing how Sony is keeping it all separated, and Spider-Man is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but every other character that’s in the Spider-Man universe is separate. All I’m saying is that Spider-Man – and I’m talking about Tom Holland’s Spider-Man – is going to be in Venom.”
Make of this what you will, but Schnepp is usually a pretty reliable source in addition to being one fascinating fella. Considering that director Ruben Fleischer has already confirmed that Venom will pull inspiration from the Venom: Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes comic book arcs – both tales that heavily feature Spider-Man – it would certainly make sense for Spidey to make an appearance. Whether that happens, of course, we’ll have to wait and see.
At present, Venom is set for an October 5th release. As for Holland’s Web-head, he’ll be next seen when Avengers: Infinity War hits cinemas this May.