Whether you like it or not, Sony is moving forward with plans to bring one of Marvel's iconic heroes to theaters. A feature film based on Venom is well into development, and Tom Hardy has already been tapped to play the dark figure. The character stands as one of Spider-Man's most popular foes, but do not expect Venom to pop up with Tom Holland in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
No, fans should let that hope die. Earlier today, the president of Marvel Studios confirmed the Venom spinoff has nothing to do with its cinematic franchise.
Kevin Feige spoke with AlloCine about Venom during a press interview for Spider-Man: Homecoming. When the producer was asked about the Sony project, Feige had this to say: "For now, there is no plan for Venom in the MCU. It's a Sony project."
This isn't the first time fans have gotten denials about Venom's MCU status, but this is the first time Feige has confirmed those reports. Earlier this year, Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts told fans he had no knowledge of Venom being tied to Marvel Studios. Holland has also said that he's never been approached about Venom, confirming the fact that Spider-Man has no place in the spinoff just yet.
Now, it looks like Peter Parker will likely be left out of the film entirely.
Venom is set to release next year as Sony gave the film an expedited premiere. Currently, the feature is set to debut on October 5, 2018 as director Ruben Fleischer oversees the project. The film takes its story from a script penned by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. Amy Pascal, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach has been drafted to produce the feature.
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Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine -- distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is directed by Jon Watts, from a screenplay by Jonathan M. Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, and stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released on July 7, 2017.
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