Venom fanboys have had to carry around the disappointment of seeing their favorite character shoved into the awful Spider-Man 3. However, producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach have never given up the ghost of the slobbering Spidey foe. As recently as this past March, some news surfaced that Chronicle director Josh Trank was in talks to helm a new movie featuring the villain/anti-hero. However, how do you have Venom without Spider-Man and how do you have a Venom movie if the character isn’t in The Amazing Spider-Man?
Hit the jump for how Venom might fit into the new comic-book world The Amazing Spider-Man is spinning.
The press conference for The Amazing Spider-Man, Tolmach suggested that there may be a shared universe for between the upcoming Spidey reboot and the Venom film. Tolmach explained [via Hollywood.com]
“I’m trying to say to you without giving anything away is hopefully all these worlds will live together in peace someday… look for the worlds to make sense with one another.”
It’s an idea that makes sense in a post-Avengers world where simply having one superhero simply will not do. Much like the comic books, vast new worlds must be constructed and producers would obviously like to have projects with the same kind of crossover potential (or rather, the box office riches such a crossover could bring).
Speaking about Venom as an individual project, Arad said:
“It’s an Eddie Brock [Venom's alter ego] 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.”
This is an interesting contradiction because being close to the comics means Venom has to arrive via a Spider-Man story, specifically the one with the alien symbiote. It doesn’t sound like anything extra-terrestrial fits in with the scientific/realistic approach Arad is advocating, so I’m curious to see where Venom falls in between its faithfulness to the comics and the need to start expanding a new Marvel universe for a potential crossover.