Spiderman has had a very I’ll say rocky history with Sony Studios. In the beginning, back in the early 2000’s, things were great. Spiderman 1 and 2 were critical and box office hits, Tobey Maguire and Nickelback were still culturally relevant. But that all changed in 2007 when the third installment of the Raimi trilogy crashed and burned. You may not remember that one. It was the one where Eric, from that 70’s show, was dressed up like a scary tar monster. Anyways, that’s a clue that we’ll come back to later.
So, after that 2007 debacle the studio scrambled for a reboot was under way and set for 2012 with my much more handsome twin Andrew Garfield. And other than the inconsistent tone I didn’t really have a problem with it and was basically on board but then 2014 came around and once again Sony flew to close to the sun. Just like Icarus with his wax wings, they couldn’t take the heat and fell once again. Then the ultimate business deal happened in 2016. Sony basically got invited to play with the big kids and now Spiderman existed within the MCU along with Captain America and Ironman. Now today. Spiderman is getting his own solo movie, that isn’t an origin thank god, with Robert Downey Jr. set to appear. But the most recent news is that Sony is planning a solo Venom movie that would be loosely connected to the main MCU.
This is a red flag. For one the last time Sony forced the character of Venom upon someone we got Emo Peter Parker. I’m not saying Venom can’t work within the MCU or that he isn’t a good character because I think if he’s done well he could bring a very scary and new element to the MCU. But that’s the lynch pin, everything in the MCU is connected so to say that this new and interesting character has nothing to do with anything else is a terrible waste, especially if Marvel Studios is not involved creatively. By all means put Venom in the MCU, but please Sony do not get ahead of yourself and force characters on people. You did it to Sam Raimi back in 2007 and look what happened.