Superhero movies are without a doubt the most popular genre in cinema, with multiple cinematic universes currently in development. The MCU is quite famous for their birth of a universe that is being used by most movies as an element of their franchise continuity.
With Pandemic stalling theaters from receiving the audience they had been experiencing, it was very doubtful as to what genre could revive the system. Many movies have hit the OTT model. Marvel’s experienced their first hit at their theatrical model with Black Widow.
While that stirred up controversy, it all calmed down in a decent deal. The Shang-Chi 45 day model proved quite fruitful for Disney and Marvel. It gave a respectable amount of time for theaters to run the movie, and viewers didn’t have to wait long enough to watch it. Well, one could say the Marvel Cinematic Universe oiled the theaters back up into running.
But, it was this one character that really did pull a huge magnitude of the audience roaring, screaming, crying to the theatres. Marvel’s latest web-slinger project, Spider-Man: No Way Home exceeded box-office expectations. It really did surprise many about how this movie tackled societal fear of the pandemic (Well, we know what did). It is also predicted that the movie could move up dethroning Avatar from 3rd place in Box Office collections domestically in the US.
Apart from the MCU, Sony also ventured into developing their Cinematic Universe. Sony kicked off its own franchise with Ruben Fleischer’s Venom, which was a surprise hit in 2018. Now, the director has spoken about a possible Tom Holland Spider-Man team-up and whether or not he’d return to direct it.
Despite the success of Venom, Ruben Fleischer did not return for the sequel Let There Be Carnage. He recently spoke with Sean O’Connell of CinemaBlend about his new film Uncharted, which stars Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland. Fleischer said when asked if he’d return to his comic book franchise to see the two characters meet in real life:
That’s all there is to it. While Ruben Fleischer is unsure if he’ll return to direct another Venom film, he does appear to be interested in seeing Eddie Brock and Peter Parker collide on the big screen. It’s unclear when this will happen, especially in light of the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Ruben Fleischer’s response to CinemaBlend‘s Sean O’Connell demonstrates how invested the director is in characters like Venom and Spider-Man. And, like the rest of us, he’s looking forward to seeing the two iconic Marvel characters collide on the big screen for the first time.
“We’ll have to see. I mean, it would be honestly a dream come true to have those two worlds converge. It’ll be a formidable battle between those two characters, so… whether or not I direct it, I’ll certainly be excited to see it.”
It’s currently unclear when we’ll see Tom Holland and Tom Hardy’s characters onscreen together, but Sony has been teasing the fandom for quite some time. Eddie Brock crossed the multiverse and into the main MCU in the post-credits scene from Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
Eddie Brock was only a guest star in the MCU for a short time. Before ever meeting the web slinger, he was transported back home in Spider-Man: No Way Home’s own credits scene. It was a funny and frustrating gag, but there was still a glimmer of hope. Specifically, he left a small amount of the symbiote behind.
Now with the Black Goo of the symbiote, Venom in the MCU, this opens to a lot of speculation as to who might be the new MCU Venom. Marvel could host a lot of options; it could be an MCU Eddie Brock itself who might as well exist. A Flash Thompson Venom might be feasible. With Scorpion teased in Spider-Man: Homecoming, it does also set up for him to battle it out against Spider-Man.
But the Tom Hardy Venom was an Anti-Hero, helping people. So the question is, will that goo also connect with whomever it holds as host in the same way it did with the Hardy Venom? Only time will tell, what Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal have designed for the future of their web-slinger.
Although it appears that Spider-Man and Venom will meet on the big screen, there is currently no timeline for when this will happen. Tom Hardy, for one, appears to be eagerly anticipating the event. However, because Tom Holland’s contract is up for renewal, any crossover plans will almost certainly be subject to negotiations.
Tom Hardy has a small role in Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is still in theatres. Uncharted, the new film from Ruben Fleischer, will be released on February 18th.