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A few years back, Sony Pictures tried their hand at creating their own universe. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 wasn’t just meant as a sequel to the first film, but a way to create an entire Sinister Six spinoff that could potentially lead into any other spinoffs. It was an ambitious plan, and sadly, it’s onethat didn’t work out. As we know, Sony and Marvel Studios have since teamed up to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that doesn’t mean they can’t create their own worlds separate from the MCU. They do, after all, still have the film rights to all the characters in Spider-Man’s rogues gallery and beyond.

We’ve already seen steps like this taken in recent days. As we reported several days back, the studio has hired Thor: Ragnarok screenwriter to create a Black Cat and Silver Sable film, and around the same time, it was confirmed that a Venom film was set to be released in October 5, 2018. Now, Collider is reporting that Sony is not only shooting for an R-rating, but aiming to launch its own universe.

The report continues, stating that in the tradition of recent R-rated successes like Deadpool and Logan, the Venom movie will be expected to have a relatively modest budget. Let’s just hope they’ve learned the right things from those movies, in that it wasn’t the smaller budgets or R-ratings that made the movies successes, but rather the strong stories and faithfulness to the characters. However, given that Sony seems to be moving forward with this, one can assume that the Dante Harper-written script is a solid enough one that they want to create a whole universe around it.

Of course, this news piece is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it’s cool that the studio is willing to take a big risk with a character fans have been wanting to see for ages. The downside is that the character will not be one to pop up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While this is unfortunate, the sad reality is that there are dozens of subplots running throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe already. Would the filmmakers actually be able to make a couple movies that handle this character properly while still catering itself to the entirety of the MCU? Not without throwing it off track. And even if they wanted to introduce the subplot, it would likely have to wait until Phase 4 of the MCU, which wouldn’t commence until around 2020. This all means that, optimistically, we’d be looking at a potential 2022 Venom-focused Spidey-film release — and that’s assuming it’s a story that would work in service of the MCU as a whole.

So while my gut is to say that Venom wouldn’t hold up well in his own film, the sad reality is that this is probably the best course of action if Sony wants to take advantage of the characters they currently have in their stables. So going forward with a Venom universe that includes Black Cat and Silver Sable isn’t really a bad idea after all. Let’s just hope their stories and characters are strong enough to stand up on their own.

What do you think of this news? Do you want to see an R-rated Venom in his own shared Marvel Universe? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCES: Collider