Astoundingly, this may still be a fun movie summer. I mean, starting Sunday the two week clock starts on full immunization for me.
Am I gonna see VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE? Yeah, sure. The first VENOM was fun, if not exactly high cinema. And that’s fine with me. I’ve spent far too much time over the last year and a half being stuck with myself. Time to go just… do and see things. Things I didn’t make.
I dunno. Maybe? Tom Holland might just be there to do a cameo or an end-scene teaser. I mostly want to mention one thing, though: contra GeekTyrant, I don’t particularly think that Sony cares overmuch if having their Spider-Man show up in their movie confuses people who watch the MCU. I mean, seriously: it’s not going to make anybody not go to see future Spider-Man films, future Venom films, or future MCU films.
Personally, I love superhero flicks, but I consider the level of half-assed continuity that we have now in the various shared universes to be above what we might have reasonably expected.
In the process of saying things that we already knew would happen (Tom Hardy is going to make another Venom movie*; Sony wouldn’t mind a Venom / Spider-Man crossover, if only they can figure out how to do it), producer Amy Pascal said this:
Fans of Miles Morales will also be happy to learn that the character’s inclusion in this animated universe does not necessarily mean we can’t ever get a live-action version of him, too. “No, I don’t think you should exclude [Miles from a live-action movie],” Pascal said. “I think you should assume there is nothing to exclude.”
No, I don’t know why, either. Venom does not look promising. The critics are largely horrified by it. I have been, at best, open yet skeptical about its likelihood of not sucking. And yet I am thinking about seeing it anyway.
Am I really that desperate to get out of the house this Friday? Well, possibly. Although there is that new bookstore opening up at the mall…
Okaayyy… “The upcoming Spider-Man spinoff Venom has landed a PG-13 rating, according to the MPAA. …Director Ruben Fleischer was eager to push the limits of what he could do with the comic book property, and it seems that this new rating means he was able to do so.” Is the male teenager demographic really that important to this movie’s success?
Right. Strike that. The question looked stupid even when I typed it out. Still, this is a movie about a barely-anti-hero that goes around and, at various points in the comics, eats bad people. Certainly the trailers imply that. But at the same time, they kind of also suggest that nobody really gets eaten. It is, as they say, a puzzler.
I mean, I understand the tactical surprise, here. Having Spider-Man show up in Venom would be a lot like having That Thing That Happened In That Movie recently. I just don’t know how they’d keep it a secret for this long, is all. Or even if they’d want to. When they got Spidey for Civil War, Marvel made really, really sure that you knew about it ahead of time.
Also, there’s That Thing That Happened In That Other Movie, too. I mean, yes, obviously things will be resolved there. But trying to put Venom in the middle of the MCU’s continuity is going to be… interesting.