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Even though we’re distracted by the Cannes Film Festival, the latest news on Sony‘s “Venom” is still knocking us back on our heels a bit, as a creative team comes together for the first film for what the studio hopes will be yet another cinematic universe. Tom Hardy is signed up to lead “Venom,” with Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland,” “Gangster Squad“) directing. Continue reading Tom Hardy To Star In Ruben Fleischer Directed ‘Venom’ at The Playlist.

A new trailer for “Spider-Man: Homecoming“ arrived this morning, and with appearances by Iron Man and Captain America, it underlines in bold marker that it will take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, don’t expect anything that plays out in that film to even touch upon “Venom.” As we know, Sony is gearing up their own comic book universe, starting with a movie focused on the classic Spidey villain, which might even be R-rated. Continue reading ‘Spider-Man’ Director Jon Watts Confirms ‘Venom’ Will Have No Overlap With ‘Homecoming’ at The Playlist.

Rights issues can be a bit of a tangled headache when it comes to Marvel properties, with some studios owning the cinematic rights to certain characters, and even the use of the word “mutant” allowed by particular parties. So, when Sony teamed up with Marvel for this summer’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and allowed the character to be introduced in “Captain America: Civil War,” it was arguably even more a legal victory than a creative one. Continue reading Sony’s ‘Venom’ Will Reportedly Be R-Rated at The Playlist.

Sony has been banking on this summer’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” their co-production with Marvel, on being a big smash hit, and something that will kick off a Spidey-verse of movies, in a way that “The Amazing Spider-Man” film didn’t. We’re yet to see what those plans will be beyond just straight sequels to ‘Homecoming,’ but Sony has something else up its sleeve. The studio has announced that “Venom” will hit theaters on October 5, 2018. Continue reading 2018: Sony Sets ‘Venom’ Release Date, ‘Aquaman’ Takes Spot Formerly Held By ‘Avatar 2’ at The Playlist.

Spider-Man: Homecoming” will be a big hit next summer — barring any kind of “The Amazing Spider-Man” sized misfire — and the only question is just how massive it will be. The first collaboration between Marvel and Sony, thanks to complicated rights issues with the character, will finally bring Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And while the plan was just for one movie, and an appearance in “Captain America: Civil War,” money talks, and I can only imagine that both sides want to keep this collaboration going as long as possible. Continue reading ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Followup Already In The Works at The Playlist.

Marvel’s upcoming Deadpool miniseries, Back in Black, puts the Merc with a Mouth inside the Venom symbiote, with undoubtedly insane results.