Will Venom Poison the MCU?
Okay, so at this point in time, you’ve probably heard that a Venom movie, based on the Marvel Comics property, is being produced with none other than the amazing Tom Hardy donning the symbiote (or is it the other way around?). Now, I can’t say I’m a big Venom fan, but I don’t especially dislike the character; it’s more that I don’t care for it too much. However, whenever I start to think of this movie’s production, the more I become curious about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Keep in mind that Marvel was not – I repeat, NOT – able to fully purchase the Spider-Man property from Sony and instead the two companies are just sharing the franchise between each other right now. So, that means whatever Marvel produces based on the properties in that particular slice of the Marvel universe, Sony can use it as well and vice-versa. Thinking of Sony’s track record with Spider-Man, though, one can’t help but worry how difficult it would be for Marvel to do damage control if Sony fumbles. Still, there is hope. After all, it’s more than likely that Marvel will have some say with whatever Sony is coming up with when it comes to the Spider-Man franchise.

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A more curious question I have is about the volume of new characters and elements that this joint venture between the two companies could bring. Right now, we have Venom with its solo outing and other characters like Mac Gargan from Spider-Man: Homecoming. If they were to come out with Venom and not touch the property again, then it’d be a waste. On the other hand, introducing fans to a villain ensemble right away could be a bit too jarring.
Perhaps one way to look at this positively is by considering another Sony offering based on the Spider-Man franchise’s properties, Edge of Spider-verse. Of course, this is all just speculation, but basing on the trailer alone, it would seem that this movie will only have a very loose connection to the MCU as a whole. In fact, I could even say that there could be a chance that this movie will go the Big Hero 6 way and totally ignore the MCU. In that case, problem solved: there won’t be a barrage of new properties introduced into the MCU as a whole and should it flop the way the Inhumans did, it won’t be too much of a big deal. Keep in mind, this is a big budget movie we’re talking about and not some hasty, underfunded TV series like what they did to the poor, poor Inhumans (I’m still torn about what the studio did to these properties).

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In any case, I will say that there is a bit of something to look forward to in this upcoming Venom movie. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take its cue from DC movies the way the Garfield-era Spider-Man did. And, hey, if nothing else, seeing tom Hardy act the shit out of a movie is always a welcome experience. That guy is amazing.
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