The last time I made a prediction about Spider-Man, it came true in the next three films. I’m talking about when I speculated about Spider-Man finally leaving New York City on the big screen and, sure enough, he went to Germany in Captain America: Civil War, Washington, D.C. in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thanos’s homeworld Titan in Avengers: Infinity War. And that brings me to my current prediction, which is different than my previous one because this time I hope I am wrong.
You see, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the alien symbiote makes an appearance in the next Spider-Man film. Oh, I know, the symbiote just showed up in Venom (2018), but hear me out. In the comics, Spider-Man first encounters the symbiote on an alien planet in the midst of a chaotic war between Marvel’s most famous superheroes and villains. That was called the Secret Wars, and it was the biggest team-up of characters in Marvel Comics history up to that point. Avengers: Infinity War is certainly the largest team-up of characters in the 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Spider-Man is among a handful of superheroes who wind up on a planet far away from Earth, so it would be fitting for him to find the alien symbiote while on an alien planet. His presence there wasn’t absolutely required for the story to work. He could have contributed just as well to the battle of Wakanda or simply sat the whole thing out, but he ended up on Titan, so there must be a reason for that.
Also, The Amazing Spider-Man issue #252 where a black-clad Spider-Man makes it back to Earth from the Secret Wars is entitled “Homecoming!” Sound familiar? Perhaps Spider-Man: Homecoming was a triple entendre, not just referring to the Homecoming dance and the character’s solo film debut in the MCU, but also to an upcoming encounter with a certain black costume.
The Venom film that just debuted has no discernable connection to the MCU. It seems to exist separate from everything else, much like Ghost Rider or Fantastic 4 (2015). It’s safe to assume that Venom showing up in that film will have no effect on the story of future Spider-Man films. The problem is that having two different Venom origin stories happening concurrently would be very confusing to audiences. Why do such a thing? I don’t know how the partnership between Sony and Marvel works, but it seems like Sony is muddying the waters a bit.
If anyone can make the Birth of Venom storyline work on film, Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios can. It’s been utterly botched in Spider-Man 3 and awkwardly handled in Venom sans Spider-Man. But it was masterfully done across multiple episodes of the ‘90s cartoon show, so they have at least one good template to follow.
I hope they won’t do it, but I sure won’t be surprised if they do.
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