As we get closer to the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, it seems that Sony‘s desire to develop its own Spider-verse of films only grows stronger. Making the news today is further developments on the matter of Sony’s proposed shared universe within a shared universe, a plan that begins next fall with a movie featuring the antihero Venom and will be followed by the team-up of Silver Sable and Black Cat in Silver and Black. Now into the comic book movie news inbox is the not-so-uprising revelation of whom Venom will fight first, and what other Spidey foes are about to get their own movies.
In a story about the new head of Sony studios, Tom Rothman, The Hollywood Reporter had new details about the Spider-Man series of Marvel movies. For instance, can you believe that Venom will fight Carnage in the new movie starring Tom Hardy as the former photographer turned host for an alien symbiote that looks like a black Spider-Man suit? It’s true, Carnage will be the villain in Venom, a first cinematic appearance for Cletus Kassady who in the comic books is a serial killer that bonds with the offspring of the Venom symbiote.
In other news, the article mentions that Sony has plans to make movies based on Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio, two characters that have been mentioned as potential villain in Spider-Man films, but have yet to be seen in live-action. Kraven is a Russian immigrant and big game hunter who sees Spider-Man as the ultimate game; he’s perhaps most famous for being featured in the renowned Spider-Man story arc “Kraven’s Last Hunt”. Mysterio, meanwhile, is a former special effects artist and stuntman that decides to use his skills in a life of crime. If this sounds like Sony is trying to staff up for a Sinister Six movie again, don’t worry, that idea has been shelved. For now.
As you’ll recall this is part of Sony’s plan to develop spin-off titles using Spider-Man characters they have the rights to, and although they will not be an official part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, producer Amy Pascal has left the door open for Tom Holland to appear in them as Spider-Man. Presently though, according to THR, “Holland is only contractually obligated to Spider-Man 2 and 3, but the intention is to bring him into the spinoffs and possibly other Marvel films.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be in theatres everywhere on July 7; Venom is scheduled for an October 5, 2018 release.