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Is ‘Life’ a Prequel to Sony’s ‘Spider-Man’ Spinoff, ‘Venom’?!

Is Sony’s Columbia Pictures puling one of the biggest coups in the history of cinema?

I just unloaded all of my webbing at this new fan theory that’s too good to be true, yet is surprisingly believable.

Is Life, in theaters March 24th, a prequel to the long gestured Spider-Man spinoff, Venom?!

The first piece of evidence is pretty simple; all three films/franchises are released through Columbia Pictures, not just Sony.

The second clue is that just yesterday, out of the blue, Venom was given an official release date of October 5, 2018, meaning there must be secret progress behind closed doors in order to get production underway for that targeted date.

Another bit of information is that Sony contacted me directly wanting it known that Alex Kurtzman (The Mummy) was no longer attached to direct Venom.

Here’s where we start getting into the Spider-Man tie-in…

The trailer for Life carries the exact same shot from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. The villain in the 2007 sequel? Eddie Brock (Venom), played by Topher Grace!


Spider-Man 3


Life


Yes, we’ve double checked and confirmed this is a real thing. Nearly the same footage from a 2007 movie is in a trailer for the 2017 Life. What does it mean? Could Life truly be a Venom origin story? Why not? Shared universes are all the rage now, and what a cool way to re-introduce the character, setting up a quasi-remake for next year.

Here’s where the conspiracy really gains some footing…

FilmSchoolRejects recaps it perfectly: “See, in the comics and the movie, Venom isn’t a humanoid, it’s an alien symbiote that attaches itself to a humanoid and takes them over. In the comics, the symbiote came home with Peter from the Secret Wars, and in Raimi’s film it falls to Earth on a meteor. In both cases it attaches first to Peter, turning his classic red-and-blue suit black and making him do terrible, terrible things like dance, then to Eddie Brock, who becomes Venom. Looking back on the Life trailer, said goo from Mars does appear to be some kind of adhesive symbiote capable of starting small and spreading man-sized, and the inclusion of a single crowd shot — on Earth — would seem to indicate our crew isn’t successful in destroying it.”

The site also notes that what really gives this theory legs are Reese and Wernick, the writers, who do have Marvel connections via ­Deadpool, and Sony, the studio behind Spider-Man 3, Life, and Venom.

With studio’s pulling the rug out from under fans being all the rage – The Woods, Split, Cloverfield – it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if this fan theory ended up being true. The writers could have easily watched an early cut of Life and suggested squeezing a connection into the film to tie-it into the franchise. But who knows? We’re probably all just having a serious case of wishful thinking.

Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 was a huge misstep, mostly because it was alleged that he was forced into including the popular character into the storyline. Raimi has gone on record that he isn’t a fan of Venom nor does he understand the character’s motivations. To put it simply, it’s a story about rejection, which Eddie Brock and the alien symbiote share in common. Their shared hatred of Peter Parker’s success fuels their hate and fuses them into one. It’ll be interesting to see how Sony plans on telling a solo Venom story if he’s the film’s protagonist. Deadpool and Logan are the best examples of the ultimate anti-hero, but what would drive a Venom story? Carnage? Whether Life is a prequel or not, I can’t wait to put Spider-Man 3′s awful effects in the rearview mirror along with other disasters like Spawn.

What do you guys think?!


65 Comments
  • Jason Scarpelli

    Ummm no lol

  • Dave

    Would be pretty cool if it was.

  • Jeremie Jayzik

    I’m gonna keep my hopes down. But god, that would be fucking cool.

  • Master99

    If this were to be true then the BD article title just spoiled the biggest twist ever in a movie.

  • Mike O’Donnell

    this is potentially INCREDIBLE news…I wasn’t excited for Life but now I’ll def be seeing that next week!

  • MrMeowers

    That is not reusing the same Spider-man 3 shot. That is a RECREATION of the shot!! You can tell by subtle things like the blondes sunglasses. I think you are on to something. Why else would they go through the trouble to get the extras back? Freaking awesome!

    • Boydon

      lol the glasses are identical as is everything else. it’s just another angle from the same scene. it’s been 10 years since spiderman 3. there’s no way that these people haven’t aged a day.

      • Saturn

        I’m not saying it’s vampires, but it’s vampires.

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    lol, interesting but it would be stupid if that is the case

  • Boydon

    Or the makers of the trailer just used a shot from sony’s archives to emphasize the impact of the storyline. This is a standard procedure when the film itself lacks the necessary footage. Sometimes even new scenes are shot specifically for the trailer. BD writers reaching as per usual.

  • Carlton Fisher

    So….while this seems unlikely, if it does work out to be true, it would be really awesome. What’s probably more likely is that some SONY executive is reading this article on his lunch break and saying, “FUCK! Why did we not think of that????”

    Announcement for Life on Monday: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, release has been delayed until Fall for ‘reshoots.'”

  • Mike O’Donnell

    it’s clear that the shot was recreated….something’s happening here

  • Saturn

    It would be nice if it were true, and it was to be followed by other Raimi Spider-Man movies.
    Absolutely no reason whatsoever (well, rights issues aside) that we can’t have 2 variants of Spider-Man, I guess we are anyway as hasn’t it been confirmed that a Mile Morales Spider-Man is on the way?

  • RatBasterd

    You’re high if you think Sony could actually plan anything this clever.

  • astronauta69

    have a better idea, make Spiderman 4 out of nowhere with Raimi and Tobey and forget the other versions, best surprise ever

    • Saturn

      Aye, there have been a few nice surprises recently (Phantasm Ravager and Split being two examples) so perhaps……

      The Raimi Spiderverse can co-exist with the MCU – modern audiences are intelligent enough (I’d hope) to be able to recognize the difference.

      • Whats the deal with split and the surprise? I havent seen it yet.

        • Saturn

          I shouldn’t tell you, if you’re interested in watching the movie.
          Let’s just say that if you’re a fan of Sham’s earlier movies, you may be pleasantly surprised.
          If you “want” me to tell you (which is a spoiler) then just let me know and I will let you know – it won’t spoil the actual movie per se, but it is kinda an important thing that a lot of people are excited about.

          • I dont mind spoilers at all

          • Saturn

            Okay then, don’t say you haven’t been warned…….

            ******SPOILERS!!!!*****

            At the end of the movie we have a scene with Bruce Willis as his character from Unbreakable, which actually reveals that Split is in the same universe as Unbreakable (set several years later) and is the origin story of the villain who will appear, alongside Sam Jackson and Willis, in the upcoming Unbreakable 2.

            ****END OF SPOILERS!!!****

          • Thats awesome so thats why Theres a sequel coming out of nowhere. That is really cool. Maybe m night shamalamadingdong might be making good movies again. Havent liked anything since signs

          • Saturn

            For me he’s pretty much back on form, Devil was pretty good (I know he didn’t direct, but IIRC it came from one of his ideas), Split I really enjoyed, and I finally got around to watching The Visit today and absolutely loved it.
            Hopefully his bad days are behind him, and we can get more of the director from his earlier days.

          • Oh yea I forgot about the visit I actually did really enjoy that one. And devil was pretty good also but yea he didnt direct it but had alot to do with it.

    • Chance LeBoeuf

      We have Spidey in the MCU now played by a kid who looks like he’ll truly capture everything Spidey fans have always wanted for the character.

      Even though I’m a die hard Spidey fan that still likes the first two Raimi films, they leave things to be desired and Tobey was still not the definitive Spider-Man.

      While Tobey played a better Peter Parker (despite sometimes being too much of a whiny baby at times), Andrew did better on the Spider-Man side. Tom Holland however, even from his short appearance in Civil War, instills confidence that he truly gets the awkward dorky nature of Peter, but also the playful side of Spider-Man.

      • astronauta69

        eh, i still think that Tobey is the best

  • Härra Pärnits

    So this is technically a Deadpool prequel?

    • Saturn

      AAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!
      Don’t confuse it further!

      • Härra Pärnits

        Deadpool/Reynolds is Marvel so he can’t play another character in MU.

  • pablitonizer

    Nah! reaching way too far in my opinion, sometimes they tend to recycle the same movie scene more than once so I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the case. Plus, it makes no sense since that particular scene is where Spider man is saving Gwen from the building collapsing, how can that fit into Life? There’s no way Spider will make an appearance in this one as well. It’s just a “typo” Sony made but never thought someone would realize https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZvHb1LC1Z4

    • nrkist

      I think the suggestion is that it is an intentional easter egg to clue audiences in, rather than suggesting the films canonically follow each other.

      I’d say, it’s stock footage within the same companies library. The fact that these movies involve all the same studios and production outfits, points towards stock footage.

      LIFE has too many high-grade actors to be a lead-in to a Venom film. LIFE seems to be a wink and an amalgamation of alot of sci-fi films. I don’t think it would be hard to connect it to anything.

      Here is the real theory about LIFE:

      I kinda think it’s going to be a bit more winky/hammy than the trailer suggests.

      It’s Cabin in the Woods…but for sci-fi/claustrophobic/space films. Just look at the casting and what we can glean about the characters in the trailers. They are playing analogues of another character they have previously played in a sci-fi film.

  • pablitonizer
  • Trisha Tachanawa

    Can’t remember Spider Man 3 that well. Does anyone know what they were looking at in that scene?

  • Wil McMullen

    I was thinking it looks more in the vein of The Blob. Since that creature (from the visuals depicted in the red band trailer), looks a whole lot like the 1988 Blob offering. It’d be interested if that was the case- i highly doubt it. This movie does look promising, i hope its as good as it’s trailers, especially with the big names attached to it.

    • Southernholiday

      I was about to post this same thing. It’s almost like an explanation for why there’s no news on the remake.

  • Ocelot006 .

    Brad…..you’ve gone off the deep end.

    • Evan3

      Do you guys not read? This rumor wasn’t started by Brad.

  • BloodyDisgusted

    I thought the rumor was that Life is a prequel to Waterworld.

  • huntermc

    The explanation could be something quite mundane, like the company that edited the trailer together needed an astonished crowd shot, and Sony had this particular file in a clip bank for them to use. And even if it doesn’t match the Spider-Man footage exactly, it could be from one of several alternate takes. It’s possible even that both shots could be taken from stock footage.

  • ROSWELLIAN

    One of the trailers for Halloween 6 had a shot from The X-Files in it. I guess that means Halloween 6 is an X-Files film.

    Then again…

    • JackLantern13

      “Mulder, why are we headed to Illinois?”

  • Jack Thompson

    Seems very unlikely.

    But I never would have called the Split/Unbreakable thing either.

  • zombie84_41

    I would shit myself if this was true. But it’s LIFE is R and doubtful that they’ll make VENOM rated R so I say. No but it be really nice if it was.

    • Chance LeBoeuf

      There is a rumor going around that this Venom movie will be rated R, and just seems like the exact kind of stupid corporate response you’d expect from studios wanting in on an upcoming trend.

      (even though these studios still don’t truly understand what made things like Deadpool and Logan successful in the first place)

      • Bran

        This Venom project has been gestating since The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Wasn’t the buzz surrounding that version supposedly rated R? Been a few years, but could have sworn it was reported as a possibility that Sony was trying to work out.

      • zombie84_41

        The rating helped those movies, but it was the actor’s, directors, writers, and so forth that made those movies shine. Venom could be R if they go the same route as Deadpool and Logan did, don’t get some lame writers, take your time writing it, and do something great.

    • turk

      “Logan” was rated R.

      • zombie84_41

        Yes it was. But I honestly don’t see them going this way for Venom. I hope so because Logan and Deadpool have proved that R rated superhero movies can make a shit ton of money.

        • turk

          Given the two movies you mention made televangelist-levels of cash, why would you doubt them going the R-rated route?

  • Chance LeBoeuf

    Brad, plenty of movies reuse footage from other films at times even if you don’t realize it. That doesn’t mean they’re connected.

  • Dr. Gitrog Crow

    I’ve read some seriously stupid crap from Brad Miska. This is a new milestone of stupidity.

    • Evan3

      And then you re-set the milestone with this comment!

      • Dr. Gitrog Crow

        Clever and insightful.

  • sliceanddice

    No, Brad. Life is a prequel for the as yet unfinished Love Actually sequel! It’s so obvious.

  • turk

    It sounds intriguing, but I highly doubt it. I think this is just because they were stupid enough to use some stock footage that happened to have a (semi-) famous actor in it like Grace. I know the “Transformers” series is known for having using footage and having footage from its movies reused. Hardly that significant.

  • redeyedjedi410

    Lol at this ridiculous reach.

  • AdamX

    Whatever gets Venom proper big screen love and respect is fine with me.

  • Evan3

    Furthermore, Jake Gylllenhall was briefly rumored to be replacing Tobey Maguire as Spidey when Tobey was injured.

  • D. M.

    it’s just stock footage, nothing more nothing less

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