A Pair of Spider-Man/Venom Movie News

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Movie PosterWith the Avengers having already and spectacularly busted the box office open like something that busts spectacularly, and that Dark Knight guy set to do likewise, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that Sony has a rebooted “Spider-Man” movie set to open next month, too. But don’t tell the film’s producers that. Avi Arad and Matthew Tolmach were tag-teaming the PR junket rounds this week, and came up with some few choice statements regarding Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man”, but mostly about the upcoming “Venom” movie that is set to be directed by “Chronicle’s” Josh Trank.

On what “Venom” will be about and its relation (if any) to “The Amazing Spider-Man”, Arad had this to say to Hollywood.com:

It’s an Eddie Brock story. We want to be as close to the comics as possible. Especially in Eddie Brock’s story. But again, pseudo-sceince is becoming science. All these tidbits about webs, artificial webs, is a huge industry now. Spiderwebs have unique qualities that will be huge for communications, fibers, and so forth. So we have taken the approach that we want to make the huge amazing movie about Eddie.

Tolmach adds:

He was a journalist. He had the wrong story, he got in trouble for it, he got fired. The whole essence to us for the Marvel characters. Stay close to the bible, stay close to the emotional story, and the rest is fun.

Spiderman vs. Venom in Comic BookSo what are the chances Venom will cross over with Spidey? The two are owned by the same studio, after all, and it wouldn’t exactly go against their bottom line to start crossing over their characters the way Marvel is doing with theirs. If Sony is smart, that is. And that’s a big if.

On that topic, Tolmach told Crave Online:

The truth is [Venom] also deserves his own movie. We’ve been sitting around in a room talking about Venom stories and it’s a really full bodied complicated character, Eddie Brock and this character. Maybe people feel there wasn’t enough of a chance to unravel it, but we’re all in on him.

But eventually the two would meet in a movie, right? According to Tolmach:

All things are possible someday…

Honestly, I’m flabbergasted Sony doesn’t seem to have any concrete plans already in place to cross over the two characters. You’d think it would be the most obvious thing to do in the aftermath of “The Avengers”, but then you wouldn’t be a highly paid Hollywood movie studio suit.

Anyways, there were also some talk about Spidey crossing over with The Avengers, to which Arad seemed to indicate it’s possible … one of these days. I wouldn’t hold my breath, though. If they can’t even get their you-know-what to make plans for Venom and Spidey to cross over, putting Spidey in another studio’s franchise is a major reach.



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  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    So they will probably play up the lethal protector aspect, and play him as an anti hero. I just don’t know how they’re goign to swing this with no connection to Spiderman.

  • LionHeart

    Cross over one of the big villains with Spider-Man? Don’t be foolish. >_>
    Though honestly there’s no way the first film would work without Spider-Man or Peter Parker. This is looking like out-there territory if they’re not including the web-slinger, and Trank or not (Man, how excited I was when that came to pass), he’s going to have a completely new origin and motivation that won’t necessarily be a crowd-pleaser.

    They’re clearly going the traditional route, with the journalist losing his job, rather than Ultimate’s Venom or the like, but then your stuck with things like how does the suit get its powers? And what is Venom’s goals, without a Spider with no more secrets to stomp?

    This just won’t work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=114700493 Dominique Hatcher

    This does NOT bode well. The last time a comic book villain/antihero was spun-off into their own movie with zero connection to the source material, we got “CATWOMAN” with Halle Berry.

    In my opinion, Venom is more tied directly to Spider-Man than Catwoman is to Batman. I mean, Venom’s entire reason for existing, his powers, appearence, motives…..they each have Spider-Man written all over them. Trying to change that just spells fucking disaster…..

    • Juggernaut

      I completely agree! I really hope that Sony doesn’t try to rush these characters to the big screen. Like you said, without Spider-Man there is no Venom. The Venom storyline is one of the best in Spidey history and, one right, would be a terrific film. However, You can’t bring his character in, sight unseen, and make a franchise out of him. It simply will not work. Much as WB/DC are trying to do with their slam, bang set-up approach, I don’t see anything worthwhile coming out of it. Do it the right way (the Marvel way!) set up each character within the prededing film. It will be a bit difficult to do a Venom story this soon after the SM3 debacle but I think that if written well enough it could be done within sub-plot and post credits scene in TASM.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        With Venom you definitely need the connection. They could do something along the Ultimate route where the suit itself is something that both Peter and Eddie’s dad worked on at Oscorp, and doing a story leads him to secrets about his father but it ultimately gets shut down because too many people were invested in it and it can’t get out to the puclic. Eddie finds the suit and uses it to stop those trying to silence anyone who knows about the project.

        Agreed! Although as much as I want to see DC do it the Marvel way they’d have to have their own little twist on it. Like we said the whole Checkmate thing wouldn’t be an analog of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Waller wouldn’t be an analog of Fury. I read an articel where basically the guy set up each movie (not with an actual plot outline but basically saying that at the end of each film the villain would be recruited by someone to form the Secret Society or the Injustice League or Legion of Doom or whatever. Have like Vandal Savage recruiting them, and that is what the threat for Justice League would be.