With Disney taking over the Marvel Universe, it seems to be a foregone conclusion that they plan on following through on the whole “universe” bit and really bleeding cash from any character who is even slightly marketable. According to We Got This Covered, the latest to make a possible appearance on the silver screen is Eddie Brock, also known as Venom.
Producer Matthew Tolmach gave a brief statement on the continuity and storyline.
“The whole essence to us for the Marvel characters is stay close to the bible, stay close to the emotional story, and the rest is fun. Look for the worlds to make sense with one another. Hopefully, all these worlds will live together in peace someday.”
This is great, except for the fact that Venom can’t exist separately without establishing him in the Spiderman universe.
How can you present Venom without the symbiote suit? Where would a Venom story be without Eddie Brock’s explosive rage toward getting revenge on Peter Parker? Unless they plan on introducing him in the next film, it seems a bit strange to have a spinoff story of a character who isn’t all that popular outside of the Spiderman universe. Characters like Wolverine can exist without the X-Men because of the gigantic fanbase and intriguing story, but Venom without Spiderman doesn’t exist. He can’t.
The Venom/Spiderman storyline isn’t something that can be shown as a 15 minute snippet or sub-plot. The animated series took three episodes to establish it and they focused 100% on the character.
Producer Avi Arad touched on a possible Venom movie as well.
“It’s an Eddie Brock story. We want to be as close to the comics as possible. Especially in Eddie Brock’s story. But again, pseudo-science is becoming science. All these tidbits about webs, artificial webs, is a huge industry now. Spiderwebs have unique qualities that will be huge for communications, fibers, and so forth. So we have taken the approach that we want to make the huge amazing movie about Eddie.”
I guess we’ll have to see how it goes, but color me as someone who doesn’t see a way this can happen separately and be successful.
But hey, I love being proven wrong.