We are now officially just days away from Venom being released in theatres. Regardless of what people’s thoughts are on the film, you can’t deny the curiosity behind it. This is something new that Sony is doing and since it’s based on a Marvel Comics property (specifically a character in the Spider-Man lure), people have been wondering if the film would be tied in with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Producers have gone on to say “Yes, it is,” and “No, it isn’t,” so we’ll just have to see the film and find out, however, it is possible.
According to Box Office Mojo, the film’s production budget was around $100 million. Some believe it should have been higher due to making the Venom character CG, but in my opinion, this is a good number. It’s not too high or too low, which means this film definitely has a chance to make its money back. But what will make this film a creative and financial success is if the film is any good, which is the main ingredient. This leads to a question people have been asking for the last few weeks: what if the film doesn’t meet box office expectations?
Sony Will Pull The Plug On All Future “Spider-Verse” Films
Everybody knows that there is an animated Spider-Man film coming out later this year called Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. This doesn’t need to be confused with Sony’s current plan which is to make a live-action cinematic universe with Spider-Man characters. Yes, it’s definitely confusing. According to Variety, Sony has announced many films in this live-action universe including a Kraven the Hunter film, along with Morbius, Silver Sable, and Black Cat, among many others. If Venom tanks at the box office, don’t be expecting these films for a good while; if at all.
Possibly Say Goodbye To Spider-Man In The MCU
Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man is arguably one of the greatest things to ever come out of the MCU. As a giant Spider-Man fan I’ve been since I was a small child, I couldn’t be happier with Holland’s portrayal. Sure, you may nitpick some things, but make no mistake that as for the general audience, people love him as Spider-Man. After this weekend and we see that Venom made nowhere near its projected opening, then we may no longer see Spider-Man in the MCU.
Let’s not forget that Sony still owns all the rights to Spider-Man and its properties, not Marvel Studios or Disney. Just before Captain America: Civil War came out, Marvel and Sony struck a deal not many people know about, which allows Sony to essentially “borrow” Spider-Man while Sony makes money off of it. This has been the theory I’ve seen over the last month or so and this is easily possible. It’s unfortunate, but possible nonetheless.
Either way, we need to hope that Venom is good and although I don’t expect it to be one of the best films of the year by no means, I do expect Ruben Fleischer as the film’s director to utilize Tom Hardy at the fullest and just to make a good film.