‘Venom’ Director Won’t Admit Spider-Man’s Absence, As Eminem Releases New Song From Soundtrack

The Playlist | 8/31/2018 | Charles Barfield
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Ever since the first day that Sony announced plans to begin development on a “Venom” standalone film, fans were asking the question, “Will Spider-Man show up?” At first, it seemed like it could happen, as Sony controls the live-action rights to the character and distributes the films based on Marvel’s most popular superhero. However, then when the deal was made with Marvel Studios, allowing Tom Holland’s character to interact with the Avengers, it felt as if there’s no way for the world of “Venom” to interact with Marvel Cinematic Universe.

And that was further evidenced by the fact that the character of Venom has been drastically changed from his comic book origins. He’s no longer an alien lifeform that bonds to Peter Parker and then eventually Eddie Brock. In the film, the symbiote is man-made (from what we can gather) and bonds directly to Brock, bypassing the Spider-Man part of the origin completely.

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All that being said, “Venom” director Ruben Fleischer still won’t say whether or not Spidey shows up in the upcoming film. “I honestly don’t know what I’m allowed to say,” he said in a new interview with the LA Times. “I mean, I know the answer — I’ve seen the movie. But I don’t want to get in trouble for saying something I’m not supposed to.”

While it’s refreshing to hear that the director is allowed to say that he’s seen the film, it’s odd that he can’t confirm what isn’t in the film. Would he have to say the same thing about Captain America or Iron Man?...
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