The filmmakers weren’t lying when they said Spider-Man wouldn’t appear in the Ruben Fleisher-directed Venom. You’ve got to love semantics…
Earlier this week a rumor circulated that, contrary to original reports, Spider-Man would in fact swing into Sony’s Venom spinoff. This is sort of true if this new story checks out. It comes from the same source who clarifies their original position:
“Tom Holland was on set filming scenes on Venom for at least two days as Peter Parker,” saidhost Jon Schnepp on the Collider Heroes podcast.
“Okay, so I’m not saying Spider-Man is in the film. When I say Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is in the film, I’m saying Peter Parker is in the film. This is a cameo. I don’t know what it is. I didn’t read the script.”
It all makes sense now! While Venom’s comic book origin is tied to Spider-Man, Eddie Brock’s (Tom Hardy) motivation is directly attached to Peter Parker. Assuming the filmmakers are keeping a similar origin story, it only makes sense that we’d at the very least see Parker in Venom.
We don’t know much about the character’s origins, but we do know that Carnage is the antagonist and it will feature several other symbiotes.
Written by David Michelinie and drawn by Mark Bagley, as well as Ron Lim and Sam Delarosa, the movie is inspired by “Venom: Lethal Protector”, a six-episode limited series that notably reinvented Venom from a Spider-Man villain to a Marvel Comics anti-hero. In it, Venom moves from New York City to San Francisco after coming to an agreement with his former foe Spider-Man. (IGN)
As for “Planet of the Symbiotes”, another inspiration, Eddie Brock’s relationship is with his symbiote and the influence it has on him is explored. Also written by Michelinie, “Planet of the Symbiotes” follows Venom fighting an army of symbiotes with the help of Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider.
Hardy stars as the title antihero alongside Riz Ahmed, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, and Jenny Slate.
Venom hits theaters on Oct. 5, 2018, through Columbia Pictures.