The Avengers are going into space! With the threat of Thanos looming, The Avengers must team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to help save the universe from the Mad Titan himself. While not an official Avenger (as of this post), it has been revealed from Marvel's recent video from the set of Avengers: Infinity War that Spider-Man will be going into space. Many may wonder as to what #SpiderMan could bring to the table as there are really no buildings in space for him to swing from. What if Marvel is using this opportunity to plant the seeds for something bigger in the Spider-Man mythos?
Enter The Symbiote
In the seminal Secret Wars miniseries, Spider-Man was along for the ride with the rest of Marvel's heroes and villains on an alien planet. When his suit became too damaged and he went into the wrong wardrobe looking for a replacement, Spider-Man accidentally stumbled upon an alien symbiote that created his iconic black suit. The suit created clothes for Spider-Man as well as webbing. Not knowing that the suit would lead Peter on crime-fighting adventures while he was sleeping, Peter eventually discovered what the suit was doing and rid himself of it. Peter thought he was free but was unaware of the danger to come.
The alien symbiote/birth of Venom story arc was already covered in Spider-Man 3, but the film is divisive to say the least. One of the biggest criticisms was the handling of the symbiote and Venom. This probably stems from the fact that it was forced upon director Sam Raimi and he had no interest in Venom in the first place.
Cutting Out The Middle Man
Marvel Studios cannot really do a Secret Wars type of event due to that fact that most of their villains are dead. However, using #InfinityWar is a good workaround. Looking at one set picture of Spider-Man actor Tom Holland standing side by side with Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) and Chris Pratt (Star-Lord) on a seemingly alien set confirms that the wall crawler will be heading into space.
In adaptations, the symbiote arrives on Earth instead of Spider-Man going to an alien planet. Various animated series have used J. Jonah Jameson's astronaut son, John Jameson as a way to bring the symbiote to Earth. In Spider-Man 3, the symbiote crashes into Earth (and conveniently near Peter Parker) during a meteor shower.
Space is a vast and with no end in sight. We do not know what is out there. It would make sense for Spider-Man to happen upon a symbiote during his adventures in space. It can be as simple as him literally stepping on the symbiote and bringing it back with him to Earth. It would not necessarily require in-depth detail and could carry over into the next solo Spider-Man film.
One of the biggest criticisms about Spider-Man 3 was how many elements were rushed. We were introduced to the symbiote, Eddie Brock, the symbiote influencing Peter, the shedding of the suit and the birth of Venom in the span of two and a half hour movie. With the way the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set up and Tom Holland's multi-film contract, they can slowly build towards #Venom.
We do not know the full cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming as of yet, so who's to say that Eddie Brock is not in the movie? Marvel Studios is pretty notorious for keeping some big casting under wraps until a few short weeks before the movie is released. There will also be no shortage of Spider-Man movies in the time being, giving Marvel time to slowly build towards the inevitable conflict between Spider-Man and Venom — something that many have been clamoring for since Spider-Man 3 did not get right.
Righting The Ship
Spider-Man is a unique character within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He has had two previous iterations before joining the #MCU, with many hits and misses spread across the previous five films. Spider-Man is also considered to have one of the best groups of villains in comics. Marvel Studios has the chance to fix the many missteps on the big screen, and Venom is definitely one of them. So, will #Marvel Studios introduce Venom any time soon? Who's to say? Only time will tell.
What do you think would be the best way in introduce Venom into the MCU?