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Everything you need to know about Tom Hardy’s Venom, including why he won’t be a part of the MCU

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If you think you’ve seen Venom before, trust us, this version is different...


Who is Venom?

Like most comic book characters, Venom has had more than one origin story. The main one however is that he’s an alien symbiote, who finds humans to bond with to ensure his survival. At the beginning it leeched off Peter Parker before latching onto Daily Bugle journo Eddie Brock and then Mac Gargan, AKA The Scorpion.

In Marvel’s 'Ultimate' universe, on the other hand, Venom was the result of an experiment gone wrong. This version was much bigger and more monster-like in appearance.

In his time, Venom has been a villain AND a hero (or antihero, to be more precise), and from what we understand it’s the hero version of Venom that’s the focus of this new movie.


What’s the story?

Under wraps, obviously, but The Hollywood Reporter has indicated that the movie will introduce both anti-hero Venom and his deadly alien counterpart Carnage. Like Venom, Carnage is created when an alien symbiote bonds with one of Spidey's arch-enemies.

This will be the first live-action appearance for Carnage, although the character has appeared in the Spider-Man animated TV series. 


Haven’t I seen Venom before?

You will have done, in the somewhat overstuffed Spider-Man 3. Venom featured in that film, played by Topher Grace, alongside Sandman and the Green Goblin.

Even director Sam Raimi wasn’t keen on having Venom in his movie, thinking it was one villain too many, but claims he was pressurized into including him by the studio. Fans didn’t take that version of Venom too well. This time, however, it looks like they’ve got him right.


What’s all this about Silver Sable and Black Cat?

A companion movie, featuring two of Spider-Man's badass allies, Silver Sable and Black Cat, is also in development at Fox. As far as we understand, that movie’s separate to the Venom one.


So, let’s get this right – neither the Venom film, nor the Silver Sable and Black Cat team-up movie, are part of the Marvel/Sony deal?

When Marvel did a deal with Sony to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time, it was for Spider-Man and Spider-Man only, NOT some of the other characters from the Spider-Man comic universe that Sony has the rights to. While we don’t know the specifics of the deal, we do know that Tom Holland’s Spidey will be appearing in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and its 2019 sequel.

“All the characters are a part of the Marvel comic book universe, and they're all interrelated in that universe,” says Sony’s Sony’s Amy Pascal. “Spider-Man is now part of the MCU, as he was created to be in the beginning. The other things that Sony are doing, which are characters from the Marvel comic book universe, are independent, separate franchises. Both Venom and Silver Sable and Black Cat."


So, will this Venom ever meet Spider-Man?

Doesn’t look like it, not THIS version of Spider-Man at least. Sony COULD however recast him for their not Marvel-partnered films, but that creates the possibility of confusing audiences.


When can I see this Venom film?

No firm news on this, but we’re guessing 2019.

Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives at Cineworld on 5th July.