Sony Building Spider-Man Universe; Wants Avengers

Esequiel Farfan
Agosto 10, 2018

The Tom Hardy Venom movie is due out this October, which will launch the Sony Spider-Man spinoff universe, and now we get an update on its progress. But Marvel Studios still doesn't have all of its characters in one box, as Sony Pictures maintains the license for all things Spider-Man-related. If Venom ends up getting a PG-13 rating, parents won't have to worry about taking their kids to see it. Confirmation on the film's rating has not yet been made, but, with Sony's push for possible crossovers, it seems like the film will avoid an R rating.

It's reported Venom probably won't be R-rated, as Sony wants Spider-Man to eventually appear in sequels, and the Marvel Studios Spidey films have been PG-13, so Sony doesn't want Venom to be too dark and gory as it "could preclude other film match-ups, not just with Peter Parker's alter-ego, but also with other members of the extended" MCU. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will hit theaters on December 14th.

But Spider-Man isn't the only character they're hoping to include.

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Sony is looking for a writer for Jackpot, a masked vigilante heroine in her mid-40s who debuted on Free Comic Book Day in 2007, as well as writers for the previously announced Silk and Nightwatch scripts. It's a lot riding on a simple rating, but it does suggest intriguing future plans for Venom, and possibly an early death knell for Sony's Spider-Man-less cinematic universe. Venom was touted as Sony's first R-rated Marvel film, an intriguing draw for the infamous antihero character. Instead, it will split the characters off into their own solo features, with the first likely to focus on Black Cat, aka Felicia Hardy.

Original director of the Sliver & Black film, Gina Prince-Bythewood is likely to take a producer credit on both the Black Cat and Silver Sable film, but will not stay to be writer or director for either project. "There are villains, heroes, and antiheroes, and a lot are female characters, many of whom are bona fide, fully dimensionalized, and utterly unique". There's a reason that Spider-Man: Homecoming is explicitly part of the MCU and Venom is not.

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