Now that Tom Holland has been confirmed to continue his tenure as the friendly neighbourhood web-slinger in the MCU, and Tom Hardy’s Venom has surpassed expectations with a highly respectable box office, it seems that the next logical step for Sony is to have Spider-Man and Venom finally face-off in a movie.
At least, this is what the grand plan is for Venom director Ruben Fleischer who has stated that plans for the crossover is where he is hoping Hardy’s Eddie Brock gets to.
While Fleischer is not directing the Venom sequel, instead the task rests on the shoulders of Andy Serkis, the director of the first movie has made it clear that he expects Tom Holland and Tom Hardy to appear in a movie together as their respective costumed characters.
The main question branching out from this discussion is whether or not it will be a movie within Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters or if Venom will swing into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While all of Tom Holland’s appearances in film as Peter Parker aka Spider-Man have been in movies released jointly by Sony and Disney, he has yet to appear in a Marvel Movie solely released by Sony.
Meanwhile, Tom Hardy is only expected to appear in Venom movies and potentially other movies within Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters such as the upcoming Morbius starring Jared Leto.
In the comics, Eddie Brock bonds with the Venom symbiote after Peter Parker manages to free himself from the symbiote’s control.
Together Venom crosses paths constantly with Spider-Man as they share a mutual hatred for the hero, with Brock having lost his job at the Daily Bugle retroactively because of Spider-Man.
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In Venom there were no mentions to any Spider-Man lore that has featured, or apparently at the time will feature, within the Marvel Cinematic Universe including Peter Parker, the Daily Bugle and J. Jonah Jameson, although his son John Jameson was referenced at the beginning of the movie.
Venom 2 is expected to be released on October 2, 2020