Not so fast, folks.
Case in point: MTV caught up with Hardy to discuss all things Venom, and why the sinister symbiote is about to deliver a comic book movie the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Whether it’s Tom Hardy’s dual performance or the fact that the Ruben Fleischer-directed spinoff has ditched Spider-Man entirely – barring some left-field twist, mind you – next month’s release is nothing if not unique, and Hardy is pretty confident in the film’s ability to stand on its own two feet.
“We’re more than happy to stand alone. We have a Venomverse and 900 characters to play with,” said the actor.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that an MCU crossover is completely off the table; after all, it was only last week when we caught wind that the film’s PG-13 rating was a tactical decision so that Venom may one day rub shoulders with Tom Holland’s Peter Parker.
It would certainly fall under Sony and Marvel’s master plan, all the while being mutually beneficial for both parties. The only question, really, is whether Venom‘s tentative trilogy has much of a bearing on those other Spidey spinoffs simmering in development. Only Silver and Black have shown any signs of tangible progress – and that’s plural, as the female-fronted offshoot has since been split into two separate films with Gina Prince-Bythewood in control of both.
Drenched in thick black goo and more expectations than we can count, Venom is due to hit theaters on October 5th. Will it sink or swim? We’ll find out very soon indeed.