Sony are moving into production on a Venom film, to launch a Spiderman universe which is NOT connected to this year’s Spiderman Homecoming.
I honestly thought the rumours and stories would all die out and common sense would prevail but they’re going for it and Sony aim to create yet another superhero universe. This will feature all of the villains and side characters from the Spiderman comics, just sans Spiderman himself.
I always want to support new movies and I love comic book films as much as anyone but this smacks of desperation. The failure of the Amazing Spiderman films, which was meant to lead to multiple Spidey spin offs, led to Sony making a deal with Marvel and getting Spiderman in the MCU in Civil War and then Homecoming. The success of those films has sparked Sony to make an attempt to capitalise on the positive Spiderman buzz to create their own universe of Spidey characters.
Is there really an audience out there for a big budget Venom film? The main exposure the general public have to the character is from Sam Raimi’s Spiderman 3 over a decade ago, and nobody has a positive memory of that mess of a film.
I hope I’m wrong, and that Sony have found a way to have their cake and eat it at the same time. Unfortunately I fear another flop could be in the pipeline for a studio that really needs its own hit now they have lost the rights for James Bond.