The realization of a live action “Spider-Verse” film gets realer and realer by the moment. It has been announced that Alfred Molina who portrayed the evil Doctor Octopus in Tobey Maguire “Spider-Man” sequel, is reprising his role for the third installment of the Tom Holland-led superhero adventure.
SPIDER-MAN 2 directed by Sam Raimi was originally said to be one of the best SPIDER-MAN films until the arrival of SPIDER-MAN INTO THE SPIDERVERSE (in this writers personal opinion), and Alfred Molina’s portrayal of Dr. Otto Octavius, a brilliant scientist who after a freak accident involving fusion energy causes his mechanical AI tentacles to become fused to his spine and caused him to turn to evil, played a major part in that both critical and fan success.
This news added to that of Jamie Foxx reprising his THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN 2 role of electro has amped fans up about the “spider-verse”. The theory of the Multiverse within Tom Hollands, SPIDER-MAN world was introduced by Jake Gyllehaal’s Mysterio in SPIDER-MAN FAR FROM HOME. Sony Pictures also have set in motion plans for numerous other live action Spider-Man character based projects, such as Silk, Jackpot, Madame Webb and the upcoming VENOM LET THERE BE CARNAGE starring Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson.
There has been no official word yet on if, Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield are signed on to join the upcoming Tom Holland sequel but we know that filming has begun and if there are any on-set sightings or official confirmations you will be able to find them all here.
The Spider-Man sequel is set to hit theaters in 2021 from Sony Pictures in a partnership with Marvel Studios.
Sony Pictures is showing they are truly serious about their own Spider-verse independent of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After announcing Olivia Wilde being set to direct an untitled Marvel movie , today it was announced that J.C Chandor is now Sony’s choice to helm the Kraven the Hunter movie.
Sony had no comment.
This year was supposed to be a major year for Sony’s Marvel world with both VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE and MORBIUS, however due to the current COVID-19 situation both have been pushed back until 2021. Now with the announcement of these projects as well as a Jackpot movie written by Marc Guggenheim. Sony is showing no sings of falling behind in the superhero movie game.
Kraven the Hunter is a property the studio has been trying to get off ground . Richard Wenk wrote the script. The comic revolves around Sergei Kravinoff aka Kraven the Hunter, who is one of Spider-Man’s best known and most formidable enemies as well as the half-brother of the Chameleon. The character has appeared in numerous Spider-Man properties including the popular story Kraven’s Last Hunt. Many fans had also hoped that Kraven would possibly show up in the MCu potentially hunting the King of Wakanda, the Black Panther.
It has been no secret that Sony Pictures is expanding on its own universe of Marvel characters thanks in part to the success of the recent Spider-Man franchise. Only with its character expansion they are prominently feautring many of marvel’s female characters for which they hold the rights to.
To aid in building out these stories according to DEADLINE, Sony Pictures has acquired one of Hollywood’s most sought out directors in Olivia Wilde who has signed on to direct and develop a secret Marvel project. Now even though its yet to be confirmed its expected the story will be based on Spider-Woman.
The film will be penned by Wilde and her writing partner Katie Silberman with Amy Pascal producing. Rachel O’Connor will exec produce.
Wilde, Silberman and Pascal already have strong ties and the three are working on a Christmas buddy film at Universal they hope to do prior to this one. Gary Spinelli penned a previous draft of the script.
For those who may find themselves unfamiliar with the character, Spider-Woman has actually been the alter ego of several characters in the Spider-Man timeline over the years including Gwen Stacy, Mary Jane Watson and Jessica Drew, who was the first to sport the costume in the late 1970s.
The concept is being completely revamped by Wilde, it’s unknown the direction the studio will go with her.
This marks the second film based around a female character in Sony’s Marvel Cinematic Universe to land a director after S.J. Clarkson was tapped to direct a Madame Webb movie. Sony is also still in the process of developing both a Black Cat and a Silver Sable film. .
In another day filled with theatrical release push backs the much anticipated SPIDER- MAN FAR FROM HOME sequel has once again fallen victim to the new slate dates.
Even though the change isnt as bad as others, the film has moved from November 5, 2021 to December 17,2021. Sony announced the move on Thursday night after a shakeup of Disney’s film slate was unveiled earlier in the day. The “Far From Home” sequel will take the spot formerly held by “Avatar 2,” which was pushed back a year to Dec. 16, 2022.
Just in case you need a reminder the third film with Tom Holland’s version of Spider-Man was originally supposed to hit theaters on July 16, 2021 but due to the coronavirus pandemic was pushed back earlier this year in April.
Sony Pictures noted that the latest delay was only part of the domestic release calendar, leaving its international release in question.
Remember back in December of 2017 when it was announced that Silver Sable and Black Cat would be teaming up for their own movie? They were set be brought together as an unlikely duo. But that ulitmately changed as it was decided to give the pair their own individual films. However nothing set in stone has been announced about that.
Well there may be a bit of sterling (as is Silver, get it?…) news about the pair. During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, original director Gina Prince-Bythewood was asked what she knows about the project and from what was told it seems as if there may be some rumblings leading the ladies towards Disney plus
“I really love that project, and I do hope it can still happen in some way. It keeps going through different thoughts. First, it was going to be the two of them, and then the decision was made to separate the two. Now, there’s a thought of “Hey, maybe we put it on Disney+ as a limited series,” but I loved it more as a film with the two of them. So, my hope is that one day it can still happen.”
Now here’s where it may get confusing for some. It is already known that Sony has laid out plans to bring many Spider-man related characters to the big screen. MORBIUS now being set to release in March of 2021, VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE in June of 2021, there’s even talks of a Kraven the Hunter film. Sony also has their own plan for their own Spider-verse that is not that of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Which now leads to the even bigger conundrum. Marvel TV is now all under the control of Marvel Studios and why all of the upcoming MCU Disney plus shows are carrying on into the overall story. SILVER AND BLACK by that account would not fit in with the overall story and would throw things off.
So that leaves the question, if SILVER AND BLACK is brought to the small screen
Due to the coronavirus global pandemic, It’s no surprise that most movies have been either pushed back a few months or even an entire year. But when those films were already set to drop later in this year it’s a little bit surprising.
“VENOM:LET THERE BE CARNAGE,” the sequel to Sony’s 2018 superhero blockbuster, has now delayed its big screen debut. The Tom Hardy starring sequel was expected to hit theaters Oct. 2, 2020 but now will instead launch eight months later on June 25, 2021.
This may not be a bad move for the movie. Granted the original VENOM debuted in October and the sequel was following suit. This now allows for the film to be amongst the summer blockbuster list of 2021.
Andy Serkis takes over the directing chair from Ruben Fleischer for the follow-up to “VENOM,” which sees Tom Hardy once again bond with the alien symbiote known as Venom. The sequel will also feature the return of Michelle Williams and added on will b, Reid Scott, Naomie Harris and Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kassidy aka Carnage.
I guess the saying is “it was fun while it lasted”, because it seems as if the wall crawler may no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige won’t produce any further Spider-Man films because of an inability by Disney and Sony Pictures to reach new terms that would have given the former a co-financing stake going forward. This is reportedly due to a dispute that has taken place over the past few months at the top of Disney and Sony has essentially nixed Feige, and the future involvement of Marvel from the Spider-Man universe, as reported by DEADLINE.
Now which was initially thought as only one more Marvel Studios/Sony Pictures co-produced Spider-Man film is said to be two actually that are meant to have director Jon Watts and Tom Holland right at the forefront Unless something dramatic happens, Feige won’t be the lead creative producer of those pictures.
The main reason for this drastic fallout is of course money and when you here some of the specifics you can see why neither side wanted to really budge. Disney asked that future Spider-Man films be a 50/50 co-financing arrangement between the studios, and there were discussions that this might extend to other films in the Spider-Man universe. Sony turned that offer down plain and simple and possibly never came back to the table with a counter off. The heads of Sony, Tom Rothman and Tony Vinciquerra simply didn’t want to share its biggest franchise. Keep in mind SPIDER-MAN FAR FROM HOME just became Sony’s highest grossing property every surpassing SKYFALL and generating $1.109 billion. Sony proposed keeping the current deal going under the current terms where Marvel receives in the range of 5% of first dollar gross, sources said. Disney refused.
In Sony’s defense they also had another reason for not wanting to split the production cost as Marvel keeps all of the merchandising for Spidey. Then to give up half of their universe to which they own the rights to may have been too much. But Sony seems to be in a good position as they hold the right to many other Spider-Man based characters including the Tom Hardy starring VENOM which the sequel is being directed by Andy Serkis, MORBIUS starring Jared Leto, not to mention their Oscar winning animated SPIDERMAN INTO THE SPIDER VERSE.
Currently Marvel Studios/Disney, Feige nor Sony Pictures have commented.
Since the first trailer, many were wondering if we would be treated to a look at the sometimes villain and sometimes anti-hero, being portrayed by Tom Hardy. There were those who were also worried because the memories of Topher Grace as the symbiote-bonded Eddie Brock in Spider-Man 3 still haunts them to this day.
Well today those can potentially be put at ease because Sony may have gotten it right. In footage thats been leaked from CinemaCon, we get our first look as the symbiote covers Hardy’s Eddie Brock and we are excited.
Check out some still photos and the full mini footage below.
Initially when it was announced that Riz Ahmed would by joining Sony’s solo Venom film there was much speculation that he may have been portraying Venom’s opposite Cleatus Kassidy aka Carnage. Well that may have changed as new information shows he may be playing another important character in the Venom world.
A photo posted with by Atlanta Filming identifies Ahmed as Dr. Drake — that is, Carlton Drake — a character with definite ties to Venom introduced in 1988 in The Amazing Spider-Man #298. Drake is the head of the corporate survivalist group the Life Foundation, which captured Venom and extracted from him five additional symbiotes: Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher and Agony. (shown below)
Ahmed as Drake would certainly make sense, given that the film ris supposedly getting some of its influence from the 1993 Marvel Comics miniseries Venom: Lethal Protector, which introduces the other symbiotes (the 1995 crossover “Planet of the Symbiotes” is also said to serve as source material).
Drake is more than a one-trick pony, because he and the Life Foundation also rebuilt the robot Tri-Sentinel, and funded the Arachnis Project, with the intent of creating a race of Homo Arachnis. He was himself injected with the serum and transformed into a Homo Arachnis, which may or may not hint at the character’s arc in Venom.
Are you getting more interested or even intrigued with this film. Well just so you can mark it on your calendar the film is set to hit theaters on October 5, 2018