One of the biggest surprises about Sony Pictures’ Venom, besides it’s box office success, was that Spider-Man was not even mentioned. The character of Venom may not need Spider-Man to be interesting, but they are as intertwined as Superman and General Zod. Venom is the dark reflection of Spider-Man, and that’s what makes their stories great. However, the last time the two characters met in a film, it didn’t go so well. Still, as Venom and Joker proved, great villains don’t need their attendant hero to succeed at the box office. But, the sequel might have him, anyway. A new report suggests that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man may appear in Venom 2. With the Andy Serkis-directed film including reportedly the villains Carnage and Shriek, adding Spider-Man may cause the same problem as last time.
Tom Holland’s Spider-Man Appearing in a Sony Pictures Film Is a Certainty
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While it will be interesting if Tom Holland’s Spider-Man shows up in Venom 2, it’s a certainty that some version of that character will appear in a Sony Pictures film. After the standoff between Disney and Sony, the two studios reached a deal to keep Spider-Man in the MCU. (All because Tom Holland got drunk and took a call from Disney CEO Bob Iger.) However, what’s relevant here is the statement Marvel’s Kevin Feige gave the press, which hinted at this possibility.
“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it. Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”
This means that Marvel Studios’ new deal with Sony allows them to use the character outside of the MCU films. Sony owns the rights to hundreds of Marvel characters associated with Spider-Man. It’s the last studio not owned by Disney that does. So, it seems that they will allow the actor to appear in films not connected to the MCU. With MCU Phase 4 setting up Marvel’s next big thing, it makes sense for them to allow Sony to use the character. This will keep Tom Holland’s Spider-Man popular with fans and could be building to something as big as Avengers for Sony Pictures.
Is Venom 2 the Best Film for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and Does It Relate to Into the Spider-Verse?
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The latest report on Spider-Man and Sony Pictures suggests that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man might make a cameo in Venom 2. The source is a casting breakdown for the already-filming Venom sequel, obtained by Geeks Worldwide. They offer a number of caveats, specifically about which “version” of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man would show up. The actor is listed as being “in talks” for a “cameo,” but the document doesn’t have any logos. So, while it’s a possibility it’s real, it suggests Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is being saved for the burgeoning Spider-Verse.
The Into the Spider-Verse sequel is happening and Phil Lord and Chris Miller are developing a Spider-Verse of television shows based on villains and side-characters under the Spider-Man umbrella. In fact, Sony would be foolish to not include characters like Venom and the MCU Spider-Man in those plans. If Tom Holland’s Spider-Man does appear in Venom 2, I would bet the cameo is a post-credits scene teasing another Spider-Verse crossover. (Venom also featured a post-credits scene teasing Into the Spider-Verse, so there is precedent.) Hardy and Holland will likely meet, but I’d bet that story will be part of the Into the Spider-Verse sequel. If the two ever face-off in live action, it would likely be in a future Venom film. Adding Spider-Man to the story of Venom 2 seems like it would be a mistake. So, our bet is a post-credits set-up scene, if it happens at all.
Would you want to see Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in Venom 2? How should he be introduced or used in the story? Tell us your thoughts, theories, or warnings against it in the comments below.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.