The leaks revealed that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios were/are definitely in talks with each other, regarding the rights to Spider-Man.
I've read plenty of different theories and rumors during last month's fiasco; I honestly question a lot of them because I saw no real credible source for any of them. And let's be honest, how easy is it for someone to make up something or embellish stories when events like last month's are going on?
But as it's been a week since I've heard anything about the Sony leak and all the Spider-Man rumors spiraling out of it, I'd like to take a moment to talk about what could be in the future for Spider-Man and his supporting characters, one in particular being Venom.
I don't know why exactly I like Venom so much, but ever since I was a kid, I was obsessed with him. His stories fascinated me and his visuals just scream for WETA Workshop to come in and do something amazing on film like that have in Lord of the Rings and Man of Steel.
You see, I originally talked about how I felt Spider-Man should be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe a few weeks ago, (you can check out the link: Could Netflix Introduce Spider-Man To The Marvel Cinematic Universe!?).
I must admit, I've had a change in heart about how Spider-Man should be introduced into the MCU. Part of that change of heart is because of how his supporting characters could benefit from Spider-Man NOT being in high-school, NOT being a teenager, etc.
But all of that is an article for another time, I'd like to explore Venom and how his inclusion into the MCU could be an exciting one.
Introducing Venom in Spider-Man's Reboot
Now, not to go too deep into how the Spider-Man franchise should be rebooted in the MCU, I just want to say that having Spider-Man already established as a hero could allow for him to have had history with certain characters from his mythos. Maybe smaller time crooks or what-not, nothing that would be too dramatic (yet), so as to explain away why no one has heard of Spider-Man in that universe until this movie's events take place.
Putting Venom as his first big baddie would open a lot of doors and allow for redemption for the character since his horrible misrepresentation in Spider-Man 3.
It would also make sense for Venom to show up, considering the events that have taken place in the MCU already. Because Venom's origin begins in space and since there have been a few alien invasions already, the symbiote could have hijacked its way to Earth with the Chitauri in Avengers and remained undiscovered by anyone (yes, even S.H.I.E.L.D.). This would not only explain how it gets to Earth, but also how it gets to New York and ultimately, gets to Spider-Man.
Now you can set up Eddie Brock's history in this movie and explain how the suit joins with Brock after it separates from Spider-Man (and get a big guy to play Brock, not some scrawny, little dude from That '70s Show).
Spider-Man vs. Venom vs. Carnage
This could be an epic way to relaunch Spider-Man. To have it be a back-to-back type of film would not only garner lots and lots of money, but allow the story to breathe and not be rushed or become too compacted into one film.
But since this would be a two-part epic, and since the first would be dealing with Spider-Man bonding with the suit, separating from the suit, and ultimately fighting Brock's Venom (I promise it wouldn't be a repeat of Spider-Man 3), then the second part would be about Spider-Man fighting against Venom and Carnage. I know I speak for many when I say Spider-Man fans have been dying to see a rumble between these three for quite some time now.
Carnage has always been a fan-favorite of many and this would allow for him to have his first ever, onscreen debut. These movies would have to adapt an element of horror to them considering the nature of Venom's and Carnage's characters. I mean just look at Carnage:
The brutality of these characters definitely needs to be explored
Does that look like the type of character that should be toned down so much that he doesn't even represent the comic book adaptation anymore? NO, we need him and Venom (who this article is supposed to be revolving around) to be as horrifying as they can be, yet still allow that money-snatching PG-13 rating that Marvel Studios loves so much.
The way I'd have this film end would be the eventual team-up between Venom and Spider-Man after Carnage becomes to big of a problem for any one of them to handle on their own.
I would have a little teaser added to the after-credits which would show Eddie Brock walking around some shady areas and being followed by some shady dudes.
Since Eddie would have the Venom suit hidden but still active, it would provide him with a sort of Spider-sense (or I guess it would be a Venom-sense).
But either way, Brock would lead them to a big open area, hoping to gain the advantage and take these guys out, when in fact, the tables would turn on him as the men that are following him are revealed to be part of the US Government and bust out one of these:
This would be a cool way of tying it all to the MCU since we've previously seen these in The Incredible Hulk film from 2008. Yet at the same time, these sonic cannons would be much more appropriate for this situation than they previously were against the Hulk.
Once used, the sonic cannons would send the symbiote off running but not very far before several men with containers appear and capture it. With the suit abandoning Brock, Brock would be left powerless and be taken into custody for the crimes he committed.
As Brock is walked to a hummer and placed in the back in handcuffs, General Ross would walk by him and yet pay him no regard, as he goes and looks at the symbiote inside the container and smiles as he tells his men to pack it up and roll out. This would be another way to tie it into the MCU and at the same time, be an allusion to the possibility of a Thunderbolts movie coming down the pipe since Marvel owns the rights to all the characters that made up the most recent edition of the team except for Deadpool.
This whole after-credits scene would be the build-up to Venom getting his own solo film.
A Venom Solo Film
I would like to think that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have worked out a deal to share the rights so that this movie could be made. But just like Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and others were rumored for so long, maybe Venom would be able to get his proper treatment as well, under the safe-haven of Marvel Studios.
That post-credits scene I spoke of above would be the lead-up to this movie. Obviously, we all know that Flash Thompson has a history with Peter Parker as being the bully. I'm not sure how that would be covered in the Spider-Man reboot, but either way, we don't really need to know any of that for this movie as far as I'm concerned.
But, for those of you who may not know why I mentioned Parker's old Midtown High bully, it's because he's currently the one who harnesses the symbiote suit right now. The man, after getting out of high-school, enrolled into the military and was severely injured by having his legs taken away from him. He was then chosen by the US Government, who had possession of the suit, to use it and try to control it, for certain missions requiring a certain set of skills that they feel only Venom could provide.
It would have a flare of Captain America to it as it would be that espionage/political thriller type of film (he's also had run-ins with Crossbones who's character was in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and is rumored to be in Captain America: Civil War), but it would also add a sense of horror. I say horror because the battle of having to try and restrain some of the urges Venom may provide when going out into the field could get a little dark.
But I think this Venom movie, produced by Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, would make a great beginning to a new franchise of movies, further expanding the ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Guardians of the Galaxy?
Venom, currently, is part of the Guardians of the Galaxy in the comic books. To me, that's awesome. I think that it would be a fun idea, if they don't give Venom his own franchise, to include him in the Guardians, if even for just one movie.
But I confess, I can't speak too much on this particular subject since I have not read any of the books where Venom becomes a Guardian of the Galaxy.
So what do you think of the idea of putting Venom in the MCU? Would you be for it? In what way would you want to see Venom done? Feel free to comment and take a vote in the poll!