Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has confirmed to Allocine that the forthcoming Venom movie will not be part of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
“For now, there is no plan for Venom in the MCU. It’s a Sony Project.”
Being that it’s a Sony project, there will be no issues with it receiving an R-rating. However, as Collider notes, Marvel Studios is ultimately owned by Disney, which does not make R-rated movies, so the prospect of an R-rated MCU movie seemed improbable at best. Still, Feige leaves the door open:
“I don’t think it’s out of the question. When I started at Marvel seventeen years ago, the Blade franchise was doing very well. A lot of people didn’t even know that it was based on a Marvel character because at the time they sort of hid the fact it was Marvel. So, not out of the question, but not something we’re working on right now.”
It’s awesome to hear him mention Blade off the tip of his tongue, which lends credibility that they’re working to revive the character. But in regards to Venom, there’s also news on a potential shoot date: According to Omega Underground, Sony will start shooting Venom on September 1 in both Atlanta, Georgia and New York City.
It was announced last month that Tom Hardy will be starring as the title character and Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer is directing.
Hardy’s Eddie Brock is able to converse and have a relationship with the symbiote, which culminates to him becoming Venom. The character was introduced in 1988 in “The Amazing Spider-Man” #298-300, scripted by David Michelinie and drawn by the legendary Todd McFarlane and Mike Zeck. Venom is an alien symbiote that needs a human host to survive. In return, the alien empowers its victim with incredible powers.
No word on what the film will be about, but a production listing pegged it as an “action/horror/science fiction” movie.
Sony will spin a darker web on October 5, 2018.