Tom Holland revealed during an Empire interview for the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home movie that he had pitched Venom and Kraven the Hunter film ideas to Sony.
Holland’s Dedication to the Comics
Shortly after Sony and Marvel announced their split in 2019, Tom Holland went to Amy Pascal’s house to discuss his future as Spider-Man and possible films involving Venom and Kraven the Hunter.
“I just drove to Amy Pascal’s house and sat with her by the pool, and we sat there for hours, just chatting and pitching movies. How would we do a film without Marvel? Does Peter Parker fall through a portal, and then he’s in the Venom world? Or do we do a Kraven the Hunter film? It was a nice distraction…because as a young kid, I was so in love with Marvel, and I was so lucky to be a part of it that when they took the rug from under my feet, I was not ready to say goodbye yet.”
Holland has shown time and time again his dedication to the comics and his character. I hope that his pitches make it to the screen soon.
Spider-Man: No Way Home will be in theaters on December 17.
Sony and Marvel’s Joint Custody of Spider-Man
Sony has held the rights to Spider-Man and the characters in Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s related comics since the 1990s. The first of the Spider-Man films from Sony was the Sam Raimi trilogy starring Tobey Maguire. The second was the two The Amazing Spider-Man films with Andrew Garfield portraying the web-slinger.
After The Amazing Spider-Man 2 bombed with fans and critics, Sony struck a deal with Marvel to introduce Peter Parker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland’s introduction as the character came in Captain America: Civil War followed soon after with his solo Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Following the success of the films and fans’ love of the character, Sony got to work establishing its own Spider-Man Universe.
Sony’s Spider-Man Universe Is Growing
Sony’s universe first came to the scene with Venom starring Tom Hardy. And even though it flopped with critics, audiences loved it, and we recently got the sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
The universe is also expanding with Jared Leto-led movie Morbius.
A film following Kraven the Hunter is also in the works but is likely to take a few more years. Aaron-Taylor Johnson, who was also in the MCU as Pietro Maximoff or Quicksilver, is set to portray the villain.
Sony previously tried to introduce Kraven the Hunter during Garfield’s run as Spider-Man, but that fell through because of the box office results. Introducing Kraven was to establish the Sinister Six in the universe, leading into a Sinister Six film.
The path to seeing Kraven on screen in either a group setting or solo film has been bumpy. In 2018, Sony was looking at Antoine Fuqua to make the film, but it lay untouched. In 2020, J.C. Chandor (Triple Frontier) signed on to direct the film with a new screenplay from Uncharted duo Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.
More collaborations between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Sony’s Spider-Man Universe could be coming sooner than we had thought. In the end credits of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, many questions were opened about what this meant for the characters.
Both studios have teased working in coordination to potentially share the characters in future movies.
I’m hoping we get more web-slingers and Spider-Man villains in the MCU soon. Who do you want to see on screen?