VENOM should NOT be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Will Venom be a part of the MCU?

The answer to this question seems to be up in the air. First we heard from Kevin Fiege’s AlloCine interview that Venom will be separate from Marvel’s shared universe:

For now, there is no plan for Venom in the MCU. It’s a Sony Project.
Then the producer of the film, Amy Pascal, gave a slightly different take on where Venom will fit in the MCU in an interview with Filmstarts:
Well, those movies will all take place in the world that we’re now creating for Peter Parker. They’ll be adjuncts to it, they may be different locations, but it will still all be in the same world and they will be connected to each other as well.

So that leaves people overly concerned with where the Venom movie will “fit” in which universe and whether or not it’ll stay 100% true to the source material in a tizzy (thought it seems pretty clear that she’s implying Sony is creating their own “Sony Spider-verse” of characters separate from the MCU, but will be interconnected amongst themselves – e.g. Venom could appear in a future Spiderman movie but NOT an Avengers movie). Of course, the aforementioned points are not the questions one should be asking in regards to a Venom film (or any film for that matter).

With Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer at the helm and powerhouse actor Tom Hardy (Peaky Blinders, Taboo, Fury Road) cast as the lead, it would be most advisable for this film to stay light-years away from anything resembling the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When you bring in a top-notch actor like Tom Hardy, you don’t box them in with the Marvel Cinematic Universe Styleguide & How-To Manual™. You let him let the demons out – especially relevant for a character like Venom.

Attaching Venom (and the allegedly in pre-production Black Cat & Silver Sable movie) to the MCU would only shackle it to a pre-existing set of characters and storylines. Not to mention Marvel would be too anxious to sidle Venom with any number of Marvel characters in an attempt at “synergy” (we all know how important that is to the creative process). Just look at how the latest Spider-Man movie has become “IRON-MAN and his amusing lil’ buddy” in the promotional materials.

I guess this movie is about Spiderman?

Add in the fact that the MCU will be PG-13 for the foreseeable future and the themes/styles of a Venom movie lends itself more towards an R-rated sensibility. Same goes for Silver Sable who is merc for hire. Imagine how neutered another red-suited merc would have been under the Marvel PG-13 banner.

Whether or not this film will be “accurate to the source” or “part of the MCU” is still very much in flux, but with the creative team attached to it right now, it’d much more rewarding as a movie-goer if Venom were made outside of any universe other than the one best-suited for the character and story the filmmakers are crafting.

While Sony isn’t ideal (Fox seems to be cornering the market on superhero films that are r-rated, distinct and director-driven), it’s a much better alternative than Venom becoming a “featured player” in someone else’s universe.

 

You can follow us on Twitter @Official_FAN and hit us up with your dream casting for Black Cat & Silver Sable. Also, the image at the header is from VENOM: Truth in Journalsim on youtube.