Ruben Fleischer says Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will face off with Venom on the big screen.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe may have just gotten Spider-Man back, but Tom Holland’s web-slinger won’t be limited to appearances in the sprawling, film series. Sony has other plans for the character, which seem to be starting with Venom.
Ruben Fleischer, the director of Venom, confirmed to Fandom that Sony’s ultimate plan is for Holland’s Spider-Man to cross paths with Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock. Although he didn’t give specifics on when this will happen, he’s looking forward to seeing the two rivals meet up, especially with the changes made to Venom’s origins:
“That’s where it’s all going to lead. And that’s the exciting thing, because we changed the origin of Venom … in the comics, he evolved from Spider-Man but because of the Marvel-Sony thing we weren’t able to that. And so the thing I think it’s building towards, and will be exciting to see, is when they actually do confront each other.”
It’s been rumored for a while that Sony has a desire for Spider-Man and Venom to collide on the big screen. And during the announcement of their new agreement with Marvel, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige hinted at Peter Parker’s ability to jump between both the MCU and SUMC (Sony Universe of Marvel Characters). With this latest development, it appears that both studios will truly have joint custody of the character.
This does, however, pose a number of questions, such as when Sony plans to bring Peter Parker into its franchise. The studio currently has several Marvel-related films in development ranging from Morbius to Madame Web. But at this point, the obvious opportunity for a Spidey introduction would be in Andy Serkis’ Venom 2. Serkis himself has even teased that Spider-Man could get involved somehow.
In addition to this, there’s also the matter of how Peter Parker lands in this continuity. Will he somehow gain dimension-hopping technology that transports him to this other world? Or will Sony and Marvel just establish that each of their universes has a Spider-Man played by Holland? One could assume that both studios will find a way to accurately explain this without cracking their timelines.
Regardless, it’s going to be interesting to see how the youthful energy of Holland’s Spider-Man meshes with the unpredictable nature of Hardy’s Venom.