Silver and Black, Venom, Morbius the Living Vampire. Interesting choices from Spidey’s gallery of rogues, and all existing outside the universe of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Just what is Sony up to? Are they trying to cash in on the success of Marvel’s pantheon of films, by hitching a ride on a Spider-Man’s name recognition all the way to the top?
Is Sony attempting to cash in on the goodwill generated from the success of Spider-Man: Homecoming? If fans remember, it was big and brave Sony that debuted the highly successful Spider-Man franchise May 3, 2002, with Tobey Maguire. Sony and filmmaker Sam Raimi hit audiences with a one-two punch and wowed us with the first film. Then raised the genre further with Spider-Man 2 on June 30, 2004. Unable to break the stigma on trilogies, fans ate a lukewarm Spider-Man 3 on May 3, 2007. Fans were outraged at the problematic film. The jest of it, directed right at Spider-Man’s most iconic baddie, Venom.
Fast forward to July 3, 2012. Sony had been very busy, and delivered a reboot with a franchise in mind. Now starring Andrew Garfield, Sony tried to deliver a Spider-Man shared universe. Sadly, that would not be the case, as Sony’s May 2, 2014, follow-up failed to connect with the audiences and critics alike. The result, Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man series came out punching and swinging, but was unable to land as a knockout film for fans.
What’s all this got do with Marvel, besides all that cash from a slew of successful films? Well, according to producer Avi Arad, Sony may be taking a page from Marvel’s book when it comes to proper storytelling and getting fans to invest in the Sonyverse. When discussing the upcoming Venom with Vulture, the producer had this to say.
“This is an origin story and we have to try and make it the beginning of a long journey,” Arad told Vulture. “Kids love Venom. It’s something about it that attracts the anti-hero sensibility. So we are very excited.”
My Spidey sense is tingling and telling me Sony may have learned from the past and is ready to give us the villains we deserve.
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