Before it was released, Sony’s Venom was surrounded with questions — like what universe does this take place in, does Spider-Man exist here, is it the world of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, and if the web-slinger isn’t in this universe, can Venom work without him? The latter question was answered, as Venom performed heroically at the box office and didn’t even have a Spider-Man cameo. Nevertheless, the Venom sequel could still see these two foes crossing paths, as Venom writer Jeff Pinkner explained:
For someone who was being careful about not revealing too much, Jeff Pinkner certainly said a lot of interesting things here. More than just saying it’s possible that Spider-Man could appear in a future Venom film, in his interview with Discussing Film, Jeff Pinkner put the possibility on the table that not only could the wall-crawler show up, he could actually have a significant role.
Venom 2 just got a heck of a lot more interesting.
It should be noted that, as of now, Jeff Pinkner said he is not writing the Venom sequel, so it’s not like he wrote Spidey into his draft. However, considering that he is one of the writers on the first film, it seems that he has some insight about what Sony has in mind or where things could go in a sequel. That said, I wouldn’t assume Spider-Man will be in Venom 2 until it’s announced or you see it.
Jeff Pinkner left wiggle room in case Spidey isn’t in the sequel, but it makes you wonder what it is that he wasn’t allowed to reveal. Because this certainly hints strongly that we’ll see Spider-Man and Venom together onscreen for the first time since Spider-Man 3.
That brings us full circle back to the questions we had before Venom was released. If Spidey shows up, will it be the Peter Parker Spider-Man? If so, will it be Tom Holland‘s Peter Parker? And if that happens, what does it mean for both the future of Sony’s Spider-Verse as well as Spider-Man in the MCU?
I suppose there would be a way for Sony to have Spidey show up in costume without ever revealing who is beneath the mask, but “significant role” would seem to go against that.
The thing is, we don’t know exactly what Sony’s long-term plans are for its shared universe, but the incredible success of Venom means that Sony will at least have the chance to build out this universe, and a big component of that will be the Venom sequel. There are a lot of other things in the works too, including Morbius starring Jared Leto, which seems to be the furthest along.
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