The success of Venom is a both, a good and bad news for fans.
It’s good news if you have enjoyed the Sony Spider-Man films, and bad news if you were hoping Venom would fail and hand over the rights over to MCU for good.
Obviously, many fans would like to daydream about Spidey being a permanent resident of the MCU, but that was never really to happen; the Spider-Man franchise has been such a massive hit for Sony that even the movies that were considered “failures” made hundreds of millions of dollars, causing the studio to try again.
Venom got beat up by reviewers, but liked by the audiences, and has earned over half a billion worldwide, breaking a handful of records for October. The film also set up a sequel by introducing Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady in the post-credits scene, and Sony is already undergoing films for Kraven the Hunter and Morbius the Living Vampire.
“If it had failed, there is a chance Sony would have definitely returned to the bargaining table with Disney,” Jeff Bock, a senior box-office analyst for Exhibitor Relations, told Business Insider. “Now, that’s up in the air.”
Bock further suggested that the reviews do not matter as long as audiences continue to support Sony’s Spider-Man projects financially. As they did with Fox, Disney will likely have to buy Sony outright to get Spider-Man and his characters back.
If any of these spinoffs use Peter, it is not clear whether they would use Tom Holland or recast Spidey. Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse will help fans in knowing what two Spideys could do in live-action films.
DC also has characters like Batman and The Joker in different franchises, played by different actors. Meanwhile, The Flash and Superman already have TV and feature film actors reprising the same characters in different universes.
Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 did disappoint fans at the box office, something that collapsed Sony’s plans for a universe built around Spider-Man and other characters and we hope that this works out well for them and the fans.