Did Sony consult you at all about the Venom movie?
If they did ask your advice, what would it be?
I know what my advice would be, but I don’t know if anybody has the stomach for it. It would go like this, if you’re going to do an R-rated movie, scare the shit out of them. I don’t know that they are going to go there. Hopefully there’s some creepy moments and some scary stuff, but Venom is still, in a round about way, has tendrils to the Marvel Universe. I don’t know how brave any studio can get with the characters. Although, I have to say, you had Deadpool’s R [rating] and I wouldn’t consider that R except for the F bombs, then you get Logan, and now I’m hoping things like New Mutants and Venom push it even further. And for sure, Spawn is.
Here’s a big “What If.” What if Sony distributes Spawn? Then is it possible that in the future Sony could have a crossover with Venom and Spawn? It’s possible. So, I will be presenting that possibility to the Sony executives when we get ready.
Wow, that would be crazy!
My conversation with them would be, why wouldn’t you? Here’s what I know. Let’s say Venom is huge — I hope it is — then no matter who distributes Spawn, the first thing you will see in every trailer will be, “From the co-creator of Venom.” So, then my question to Sony is, why would you let one of your competitors use that line, given that it was your effort that made Venom work? Your money that made Venom work? Your marketing that made Venom work? I think it’s worth asking, then, what happens if they both work? And then what happens ten years down the line, when they want to do a Spawn/Venom crossover and they get the guy who helped create both those characters to direct it? Might be kind of cool.
Your friend Stan Lee had been going through a lot in the last couple years, is his cameo in Spawn still a possibility?
We’ve talked about it over the years. So, once we get close [to filming], I might have to revisit that conversation and see if he was just kidding me, or if he even has the energy. When we get closer, I’ll ask him. I’ll go, “Hey, I can set something up here in L.A. We can shoot it in two hours. Are you interested?” We’ll see.