Riz Ahmed in Talks for ‘Venom’

Looks like the one of the stars of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be in Sony’s new Spider-Man spinoff movie, Venom

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THR reports that Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Jason Bourne, and The Night Of) is in talks to be in Venom, the Solo movie for the Spider-Man villain. The report states that he will not play the villain of the movie, Carnage, who Sony is still looking to cast. The movie will star Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom and be directed by Ruben Fleischer. 

The Sony movie movie, Venom, has gone through some confusion as to its involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One moment it was separate, then it was in it, then it was separate again. As of now, it will not take place within the Spider-Man: Homecoming universe. It will be a completely separate story focusing on Venom. Riz Ahmed is a great up and coming actor who will be getting lots of work once he builds up his filmography further. Even though I’m not completely satisfied with Sony’s decision to make this movie, this adds a second great cast member and make me a little bit more optimistic about the movie.

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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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