Venom Will NOT Be a Part of the MCU

I see a pattern here

The solo Venom movie has gone through some interesting times with its involvement, or lack there of, in the MCU. In an interview with Collider Tom Holland, Kevin Feige, and Amy Pascal all confirmed that the Sony spinoff Spider-Man universe movies, including the Venom movie, will not be a part of of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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This is interesting because last week, Amy Pascal said Venom would be in the universe with Spider-Man: Homecoming after Kevin Feige said they were separate. Tom Holland gave the following statement after being asked if Tom Hardy’s Venom movie was separate from his movie:

“Sadly, I think that is true. From my understanding, I think that is the case. I’d love to make a movie with Tom Hardy. If we ever got the chance to make a Venom movie together, that would be super-cool, but his movie would have to take place in the MCU because I’m not giving up my ticket in the MCU.”

He was then asked if Spider-Man swinging past the screen would establish a shared universe:

“It would. It definitely would. And we’ll have to wait and see what happens. If it did happen, it would be very cool, but as of now, I know nothing about it.”

Amy Pascal was asked to confirm if Spider-Man would appear in any of the spinoffs and she said the following:

“For now, correct. All of them are part of the Marvel comic universe. Not all of them are part of Marvel cinematic universe.”

The entire interview with her and Kevin Feige is linked above.

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This wasn’t completely unexpected because of the look Kevin Feige made in the interview where Pascal said they would be in the same universe. I would rather them be in the same universe, but this is what comes with Sony owning Spider-Man. The only plus side with this is if the movie fails, it won’t be in the MCU, so they can still put Venom in there. However, that might not happen because Tom Hardy signed on to it, and he is known for being picky with the movies he gets involved with.

This just leaves me wondering what Pascal was thinking when she said Venom was in the MCU. Was she confused? Did we just misinterpret what she was saying? Part of me thinks Sony and Marvel talked about it, and Sony took it as them being together. That probably didn’t happen though.

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Pascal did say “for now” in her quote. Maybe Marvel is letting Sony test this out, and if it works they will announce that they are in the same universe. I could understand this because Sony is known for botching shared universes (ex. The Amazing Spider-Man 2). I really hope the movie is good. I can’t wait to see Venom and Carnage  fight on the big screen!

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Carnage To Be The Vilain in Solo Venom Movie

Let’s hope it’s good

An article from THR states that the solo Venom movie will feature Carnage as the villain. Tom Hardy will star as Eddie Brock, and Ruben Fleischer is set to direct the film. Sony is going for an October 5, 2018 release.

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In the comics, Eddie Brock is a rival of Peter Parker’s at the Daily Bugle. After Spider-Man gets rid of his black symbiotic suit, it finds Eddie Brock and merges with him. Venom has most of Spider-Man’s powers, except he is bigger and stronger. Carnage was a serial killer, Cletus Kassidy, who shared a jail cell with Eddie Brock. Eddie used the symbiote to escape from prison, but a piece of it stayed behind and attached to Kassidy. Carnage has all of Spider-Man’s powers along with strength and shapeshifting. 

I still struggle to understand what Sony is doing with these spinoff Spider-Man universe movies. Last week Amy Pascal let it slip that the spinoff movies would be part of the Homecoming universe, despite a confused look from Kevin Feige. I don’t understand why you would want Venom to be in his own movie without Spider-Man. They might be in the same universe, but they shouldn’t be separate. 

The last thing we want is for Sony to pull another Amazing Spider-Man 2 and just try a spinoff for every character. They need to listen to Kevin Feige at Marvel Studios and figure out the best story plan before announcing villain movies. 


I’m fine with Carnage being the villain in the movie. He makes the most sense for a villain. As upset as I am with Sony’s choices, I am getting excited to see Venom and Carnage fight on the big screen. Tom Hardy signed on to star in the movie, so that means he saw potential in the script, which is verypromising. 

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Venom To Take Place in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Universe

Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal have confirmed that Venom will take place in the MCU.

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At the press junket for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Amy Pascal confirmed that the solo Venom movie produed by Sony would take place with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man universe. The interviewer went on to ask if Tom Holland would ever appear in the movies, and Pascal said “Anything is possible.”

The interesting thing about this statement is that it completely contradicts everything we’ve been told so far. The studio had previously said that the Venom and Silver Sable, Black Cat team up  movies would take place in their own universe. Now, this seems to have changed. Keep in mind that Marvel Studios has nothing to do with the Venom movie, it will be entirely Sony produced.

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I really like this news. I believe the more separate universes under the same company, the more convoluted it gets. I want Venom so be in the main Spider-Man universe, not in his own place with Silver Sable and Black Cat. I think that you can do a Venom movie on its own, but I would rather have him in Spider-Man’s world. I really hope we see Venom crossover with Spider-Mb eventually, and we can finally see a good version of Venom on the big screen. 

Tom Hardy was announced to play Eddie Brock in the movie, so the movie seems like it’s on the right path if they can get someone like him to look at the script and choose to jump on. Also, the movie is supposed to be R rated, and that will be the first MCU movie to have an R rating. Ultimately, this news is satisfying to hear, now that I know that I might get to see Venom and Spider-Man in the same movie again.

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Danny Elfman To Compose Score For ‘Justice League’

Another Batman composer?

Danny Elfman will now compose the score for the next film in the DCEU, Justice League.

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THR reports that Danny Elfman will write the soundtrack for Justice League. He will replace Junkie XL who was previously set to compose, but left to work on another Warner Bros. film, Tomb Raider. Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL both composed the score for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Hans Zimmer also scored Man of Steel. 

Elfman’s scores are usually very powerful and uplifting. It will be a very different feel than the score was in BvS. The score in that film was very dark and more epic than Danny Elfman usually writes. This would be the third comic book franchise he has worked on. He scored the Tim Burton Batman films and the Sam Raimi Spider-Man
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I am very excited to hear his score. I like how the DCEU is taking a different direction starting with Wonder Woman (Review coming soon). Even though I enjoyed the darker tone in the previous films, I am very aware that they need to take a different approach from  now on to DC movies.

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Simon Kinberg To Direct ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’; Jessica Chastain To Play Villain

As long as it’s better than Last Stand

Simon Kinberg, the producer of the X-Men franchise, will make his directional debut with X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

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Deadline reports that Simon Kinberg will direct the next X-Men movie, titled X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Kinberg has directed every Fox produced Marvel movie since X-Men: First Class, including Fantastic Four. He also helped write X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fantastic Four, and X-Men Apocalypse. He is set to write and produce the film as well. The film will star the main cast from X-Men: Apocalypse including Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, James McAvoy as Professor X, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler. Interestingly, Evan Peters, who played Quicksilver, is not on the list. The movie will be filming in Montreal.

THR reports that Jessica Chastain is in talks to play the film’s villain, Lilandra. They describe the character’s role as follows:  “Lilandra, the empress of an alien empire called the Shi’ar, who leads the quest to imprison and execute Dark Phoenix, sending her into conflict with the X-Men.”

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Jessica Chastain being cast is great. There’s not much to say because of what a great actress she is. Also, I’m excited for the X-Men to finally go to space. Being a comic book fan myself, this is very satisfying to hear. Simon Kinberg directing is what scares me.

I know that he has a close relationship with the X-Men franchise, and I believe he has done a great job producing so far. The problem is he has never directed anything before. You shouldn’t let the first thing someone directs be a big budget blockbuster movie. He hasn’t ever directed before, and these big movies aren’t easy to handle. Like I said, he has plenty of experience writing and producing, but directing is a totally different thing

 

Now, if he had directed a smaller movie and done a good job, I would be fine with this news. But, he has absolutely no experience directing, so this scares me. I really want Fox to get the Dark Phoenix Saga right.

 

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Matt Reeves Officially Directing ‘The Batman’

Fool me once…

The solo Batman movie development has been a bumpy road up to this point. First Ben Affleck left as director from The Batman. Then, the Chris Terrio rewrote the script, and supposedly got a complete rewrite after that. After that Matt Reeves was the top choice to direct, days later he left the project. Now, he is officially signed on to direct the picture.

Warner Bros. made an official press release stating that Matt Reeves will direct The Batman. He released the following statement:

“I have loved the Batman story since I was a child. He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen.”

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WB President and Chief Content Officer Tony Emmerich added:

“We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of Batman, the crown jewel of our DC slate. Matt’s deep roots in genre films and his evolution into an emotional world-building director make him the perfect filmmaker to guide the Dark Knight through this next journey.”

What is interesting is that Ben Affleck isn’t mentioned anywhere in these statements. Various outlets have reached out to Warner Bros. and have been told the press release was designed to focus on Reeves and that Ben Affleck is definitely still in. Joe Manganiello wasn’t in this either. He is supposed to play Deathstroke in the film.

This news makes me very happy because of all the bad news this movie s getting. I would be more happy if Ben Affleck was mentioned, but I will take promising news where I can get it. Matt Reeves can definitely handle this movie. He jumped into a franchise when he directed  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and succeeded. We’ll see what he does with War for the Planet of the Apes this summer. As long as he stays on and we don’t get any too bad reports about the movie, I will be looking forward to it.

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I wonder what brought him back, since talks stopped about a week ago. It could have been money (which I hope wasn’t the case), or WB could have come around and agreed on creative ideas. Reeves did say in his statement that he is a fan of Batman which is promising. I like how he describes the movie as epic and emotional, he makes it sound like a really good film. I’m really excited to see this movie finally happen.

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Why The DCEU Might Be In Trouble

With the recent news that Ben Affleck will not be directing the solo Batman movie, I thought that it was time to discuss my personal thought on the direction of the DCEU. As far as my thoughts on the movies so far, I really liked Man of Steel. I think it’s the best Superman movie so far. I enjoyed Batman v Superman, but it has problems. And I’m not a fan of Suicide Squad.

I love comic books. DC has the best comic books out right now, they literally started the fad that we now know today. Batman and Superman are the definitive superheroes. I’m not a DC fan boy specifically because I also love Marvel. (But I might like DC characters a little bit more) All I want are great comic book movies from all studios whether it’s DC, Marvel, Sony, or Fox. So, don’t take what I’m about to say as me hating on DC. I love DC and Marvel.

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The DCEU started with Man of Steel, which was a great standalone comic book movie, in my opinion. Then a year later they decide to create an entire comic book universe around this movie, which isn’t a bad idea. It can be done. But it was the way that the 5 year slate was done. If you don’t know it, then here’s a link. They decided to make Batman v Superman before a solo Batman film. Or Wonder Woman. And then they decide to make Justice League before solo Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg. That can be done, but it just isn’t the best direction to go. The reason The Avengers worked so well was because we had seen these characters in separate movies, and we finally were seeing them team up for the first time. It was powerful to see these characters team up and it was so awesome.

The reason I’m starting to lose faith in the DCEU is because Warner Bros. keeps making these rash decisions. It shows that they have no plan and they don’t know what they’re doing. The Flash movie has gone through three different directors, and it’s going through a complete rewrite right now. They keep making impulse decisions like David Ayer directing a Gotham City Sirens movie, Shazam being split into two movies,and  Justice League being pushed to make room for Batman.

I might be OK with this if they had a great track record so far, but they don’t. If Marvel were to make a decision like one of these, within reason, I wouldn’t be as scared. Because, Marvel makes one slate, and they stick with that and don’t adjust as they go along. They could announce a solo Black Widow movie, but they haven’t because they have a plan, and they are confident with it. Also, we trust them because they simply make really good movies. Out of the 14 movies so far, in my opinion, only 2 have been bad. Again, I don’t think that one studio is better than the other, one just makes better movies.

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In the end, I just think that since DC’s last two movies haven’t been that good, and they keep making these impulse decisions. It seems like they don’t know what they’re doing and they don’t have a plan. Justice League is my last hope for the DCEU. If that and Wonder Woman don’t work out, then I’m done. I know it seems like I’m super negative towards the DCEU, but I’m actually hopeful for it. All I want is to be able to go to the theater and watch a great movie based on great characters. I really hope I’m wrong about this.

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