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But it’s been Sony’s plan to create their own Spiderverse all along. Back in 2013, the studio hired several writers to work on Spider-Man spinoff movies. There was also a post-credits scene in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (see our review) that hinted at supervillain team Sinister Six. THR is reporting that Sony is proceeding with those plans, as well as a Silver Sable/Black Cat project – which appears to be the female superhero movie they had planned to make this year.
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No wonder there’s been talk that Sony’s deal with Marvel to make Spider-Man movies ends after the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel. It appears that Sony was only making Spidey available for rent while it recovered from the 2014 Sony hack and several big budget flops.
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“So I’m just your bitch, Sony?” ©Sony/Marvel Studios
To give you more context – Venom, created in 1988, is a disgraced journalist named Eddie Brock. He becomes possessed by an alien symbiotic that had bonded with Spider-Man, giving him all of Spidey’s powers and more – not to mention the knowledge of his secret identity. He was played by (urgh) Topher Grace in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, to nobody’s satisfaction.
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There have been multiple iterations of Venom in the comics since – including Peter Parker’s best friend Flash Thompson bonding with the symbiotic – but THR says Hardy will play Eddie Brock. While Hardy has not played a comic book movie role since Bane in The Dark Knight Returns, he has explored similar roles. The 39-year-old was reportedly set to appear in Suicide Squad before leaving the project, and has also said in the past that he would fancy playing Marvel’s The Punisher.
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Given Hardy’s reputation for INTENSE roles, Venom certainly suits him. Now, the next question is: might Venom end up appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Our money’s on “No” – it’s pretty clear that Sony doesn’t want be beholden to Marvel. Though they may well sing a different tune if Homecoming and its sequel do well…
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Is Tom Hardy a good fit to play Venom? Tell us!