Venom is Sony’s biggest superhero endeavor since The Amazing Spider-Man, if not the biggest. They are attempting to make their own Spider-Man universe it seems, and this is all with the absence of the web-slinger himself. With Tom Hardy set to make his debut as Eddie Brock/Venom in the next couple months, many are wondering what else Sony has in store for the future.
Sony is now technically the only entity outside of Disney that has any rights to Marvel characters, and the number of characters spans all the way out to 900! A lot of their plans are really banking on Venom and its success. With a good opening and theater run, we can expect not only sequels for Venom, but many other standalone films consisting of popular Marvel villains and heroes. A Morbius movie has already been announced with Jared Leto set to star as the bloodsucker and now there’s even a Kraven the Hunter screenplay in development. Not only is the studio working on those two big hits, but there’s also word on a Silk, Jackpot and even Nightwatch movie in the works.
Sanford Panitch, president of Columbia Pictures and the man who’s essentially been in control of Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters, or SUMC. One big announcement that made waves on the internet was a Silver and Black movie, following Silver Sable and Black Cat. Since then, that plan has been scrapped, and instead, they will likely appear in their own standalone films.
Many of the films in order at Sony consist of ample female heroines and villains, all with unique stories. Panitch had this to say:
There are villains, heroes, and antiheroes, and a lot are female characters, many of whom are bona fide, fully dimensionalized, and utterly unique. We feel there’s no reason the Marvel characters shouldn’t be able to embrace diversity
Sony also wants to wiggle around with their budgets and ratings as well. One big thing they opened their arms up to is the idea of more adult-oriented comic book films like Deadpool and Logan. They also have an animated film coming out in December, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, following Miles Morales on his quest to be Spider-Man.
Sony is adamant about showing diversity in their films, whether it’s on the camera or behind it. They’re really stepping up the game, and Venom could very well be the catalyst of it all. It is believed that Venom won’t get the R-rating, and many say that a PG-13 rating would be more beneficial in the long run, especially if the world wants to see a crossover with Spidey and Venom.
Sony seems ambitious with their goals and seeing them all get manifested into reality would be quite the treat. Hopefully, Venom becomes the push they need and then they could get the ball rolling for Sony. What are your thoughts on all their future projects? Which are your more excited for? Let us know over at SuperBroMovies! – JB Baker
Source – Variety
Venom hits theaters October 5, 2018!