A cinematic confrontation between Venom and Spider-Man is more a question of "when" than "if" according to Venom director Ruben Fleischer.
While doing press for the upcoming Sony film, Fleischer expressed a desire for the Eddie Brock to cross paths with his longtime nemesis Peter Parker on screen despite the new film ostensibly not existing within the MCU.
"We laid the ground work in this film for a pretty fun match-up in the future so I think that'll be a really exciting story to explore, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I'd love to see him face-off against Spider-Man at some point," admitted Fleischer in a press junket with Screen Rant. "It feels like that's inevitable and I know that Tom Holland's excited about it and I know that Tom Hardy's excited about it, so it's just a question of when and where."
While Sony controls the cinematic rights to Venom, they currently share the cinematic license of Spider-Man with Disney, complicating the logistics of a potential crossover between the two Marvel characters. With that in mind, Fleischer doubts that his latest film exists within the MCU at all.
"I don't know about that. I do know that we want to see these character[s] interact," responded Fleischer when asked if Venom could take place within the MCU. "As to the semantics as to where it takes place it's not for me to decide but it feels like there's a way everyone can co-exist in it in a satisfying way."
Swinging into theaters on October 5, director Ruben Fleischer’s Venom stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom, Michelle Williams as Anne Weying, and Riz Ahmed as Carlton Drake/Riot.