“Spider-Man: Homecoming’s” Jon Watts has been hard at work recently promoting his new superhero flick, but a recent interview with the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” director has revealed that that Sony’s upcoming “Venom” movie might not involve superheroes at all.
Speaking with Fandango, Watts was asked directly whether his film would link to “Venom.” While Watts’ answer was not a long one, it was simple and direct.
“[‘Venom’ is] not connected to the Marvel world, so that’s really intriguing… what that will be.” The director said, cryptically. “I don’t know anything about it. It’s not connected, so there’s not that overlap. I’m only focused on my movie right now.”
In the comics, Venom is an intelligent alien symbiote that requires some kind living host in order to thrive and survive. Introduced in the original “Secret Wars” #8 as a black, organic costume for the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler, Peter Parker eventually learned his alien outfit had developed an unhealthy, quasi-romantic attachment to him. Parker was eventually able to sever that connection, leaving the symbiote spurned and alone on Earth.
Filled with bitterness and resentment, the costume sought out a new host, Eddie Brock, a failed tabloid journalist with his own grudge against Parker. Now operating under the name Venom, the character fast became fan-favorite spider-villain.
How this will all work if it’s separate from Spider-Man’s corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe remains unclear at this time. However, as an alien organism that can bond with, empower and assume a measure of control over its host, Venom would also seem a perfect adversary for the R-rated sci-fi/horror film Sony apparently has planned for it.
Directed by Jon Watts (“Clown”), written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (“Vacation”), and starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya and Donald Glover, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” swings into theaters on July 7, 2017.
Sony’s “Venom” is currently on track for an October 5, 2018 release.