Even with all the past problems between Sony and Disney for the rights to Spider-Man, it seems as though both are working together to craft an extensive future for Tom Holland as Peter Parker. While the third Spider-Man film – which is currently in production – seems to have all sorts of rumors centered around multiverses and past characters coming back into the swing of things, a new rumor is stating that Peter Parker will don the black symbiote Spider-Man outfit, but it will be a bit in the future.
Geekosity says that in the fourth Spider-Man film, Peter Parker will go to college. There he will wear the black outfit, comprised of the alien symbiote that becomes the villain Venom. This new Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Spider-Man has mostly stayed away from villains from Spider-Man movies past, opting for new characters that we haven’t seen before. But that might all change, with past characters like Jamie Foxx’s Electro and Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus meeting up with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.
The last time the alien symbiote appeared in a Spider-Man film was in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, in which Topher Grace played Eddie Brock. Venom seemed to come into existence once it took hold of Brock, although the symbiote did also attach itself to Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man suit as well, crafting a black Spider-Man outfit. Venom was most recently seen in 2018’s Venom, in which Tom Hardy played Brock. The sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage will be released on June 25, 2021, although it’s not clear if this film will tie into Tom Holland’s Spider-Man films.
Yet if Tom Holland is going to take on the black symbiote in a supposed Spider-Man 4, it’s uncertain how this will occur. Sony is developing their own lineup of films centered around Spider-Man villains, starting with Venom, and also including the upcoming Morbius, starring Jared Leto. Michael Keaton’s Vulture also looks to appear in Morbius, even though we last saw the character in Spider-Man: Homecoming, so there is clearly some tie between Sony’s string of films and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
There have been rumors that Spider-Man 3 will bring villains from past iterations of the character together to form the Sinister Six, utilizing multiverses to do so. If that is the case, does that mean we can possibly expect to see Tom Hardy’s Venom in Spider-Man 3, or will we have to wait until Spider-Man 4 in the near future? While Tom Holland’s contract was originally only for three standalone Spider-Man films, there are currently two more films in development, supposedly with Holland and director Jon Watts still onboard.
Even though this is just a rumor, supposedly from “inside sources,” it seems likely that both Sony and Disney are building towards uniting their film universes in some form. It will be interesting to see how Disney learns from the mistakes of the Spider-Man 3 iteration, especially since Tom Holland’s take on the character is light-hearted and jovial. Will we once again get emo Spider-Man, or will this be an interesting new take?