When a fourth Amazing Spider-Man film was announced for 2018, it had some of us scratching our heads - since director had already been very clear about having sketched out a plot for a trilogy, a fourth film would mean reworking this.
Suddenly, things seem a lot clearer. Webb reportedly told Crave Online at San Diego Comic Con International that instead of the fourth film following the Amazing Spider-Man plotline, it might be a spinoff centered on an entirely different character.
'It might not just be a Spider-Man movie,' Webb said. 'You know, what was fun about the comics is that there’s an entire sort of encyclopedia of characters, and stories, and histories, and nuances, and idiosyncrasies, and off-shoots.'
This isn't the first time Webb has mentioned other characters in the Spider-man universe.
'This was conceived of as a trilogy, so there was a defined architecture to the story we were telling and we had sort of a rough outline of what was going to happen, I think (for) the fourth movie, what we've discovered is there are so many ancillary characters, that have enormous, cinematic potential that there may be other ways to exploit these characters, in a way that is exciting and fun and worthwhile. It might not just be a Spider-Man movie.'
Ok, so maybe there's a spinoff on the cards. But if that's the case, who would it center on? Co-writers and producers and seemed awfully taken with the idea of a Venom movie in this IGN interview.
When ICN asked Orci about the prospect of his film being the spinoff, he replied, ‘We’re fans of Venom,’ before Kurtzman enthusiastically added:
'Venom is an amazing character. Venom is a brilliant character. Part of what's interesting about Venom is that Venom can do all of the things that Spider-Man can't do, in a lot of ways. And I don’t know, I guess that's why I respond to him.'
In the same interview with IGN, the pair got a little vague when asked for details about whether or not they'd been in contact with the studios about this idea.
'Well, we keep writing fan letters saying help us out, but we haven't had any responses yet,' Orci joked. 'I think they're going right to storage. I don't know if there's anyone there reading our letters.'
From what they’ve said, it seems obvious that they'd like to take on one of the versions of Venom, whether they do so in a stand alone film or as the fourth part of the Spider-Man franchise. The trick would be to make sure it’s a nuanced rendition of the character – Venom's appearance in 's Spider-Man 3 was criticized by the comic book community for not allocating enough screen time to developing Eddie Brock/Venom, so he was depicted as a sleazy photographer rather than a complicated, multi-faceted character.
Some of you might remember that Fantastic Four director was attached to a Venom film long before The Amazing Spider-Man even came out. However, we haven’t heard anything from this project for a while, and Trank seems to have his hands full developing 20th Century Fox’s reboot of The Fantastic Four – this said, there's nothing stopping him coming back to helm a Venom movie if the timing's right.
Would you want to see a Venom movie? And if so, would you rather see him in his own spin-off film or going head to head with Spidey?