Female 'Spider-Man' Spin-Off Coming + 'Venom' Movie Has Carnage?
by Ethan Anderton
August 4, 2014
Back during the madness of Comic-Con, some adjustments to Sony Pictures' plans for The Amazing Spider-Man franchise were revealed with The Amazing Spider-Man 3 being pushed back to a release sometime in 2018 and The Sinister Six actually getting a release date on November 11th, 2016. But that's not all Sony has in store for the webslinger's cinematic universe. We know that the Venom film is still on the way, and buried in an extensive Deadline report on Sony's plans for Spider-Man is a rumored title for the film along with news of development for a female superhero film set in the Spider-Man film universe.
Let's talk about this female superhero movie first. With all the success leading ladies of action are having at the box office with The Hunger Games, Divergent and most recently Lucy, movie goers are starting to clamor for female superheroes as Marvel is dominated by a mostly male line-up, and DC is only just now getting Wonder Woman into the fray. Well, Sony is keen to meet the demand as they've just hired Lisa Joy (writer and producer on "Burn Notice") to script a feature film focusing on a female superhero from the Spider-Man comic books. However, there are no specifics on just what heroine will take the spotlight.
Spider-Woman would be the obvious choice, and it could give Peter Parker the chance to pass the torch after The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which will likely be the last outing for Andrew Garfield as the wallcrawler. It would be a bold move to shake up the film franchise, which has become increasingly more stale, losing more of the audience with each Spider-Man movie since starting with Sam Raimi's first blockbuster adaptation back in 2001. It's not surprising following Marvel's news that Thor would now be a woman in the Marvel comics universe for awhile. Otherwise, there's other side characters like Black Cat, Silver Sable and Firestar, though none seem prime for their own film.
Frankly, we're still wondering how these films that focus on the villains are going to pull audiences in when the main hero is struggling to maintain its audience with the primary Amazing Spider-Man franchise. The Sinister Six will be a big test, and it sounds like Venom won't be far behind. Deadline notes that the film that will be directed by Alex Kurtzman, from a script he's co-writing with Ed Solomon, seems to be aiming for a 2017 release date in between The Sinister Six and The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Does that mean Venom could end up popping up in the 2018 sequel? We're not sure, but the spin-offs title does tell us something.
Supposedly the title for the spin-off Venom film will be Venom Carnage, implying that one of the other major Spider-Man villains will be the force with which the anti-hero Venom will have to contend with. Like Venom, the character Carnage was created with an alien symbiote. But unlike Venom, the host who becomes Carnage is an absolutely madman, and essentially becomes a much more powerful and evil version of Venom. Both Venom and Carnage appear together a lot, and even had their own bigger story arc in Venom vs. Carnage, a comic book series from 2004, so it makes perfect sense for the big screen.
Honestly, this all seems far too haphazard of a plan for The Amazing Spider-Man, and Sony just reeks of desperation in trying to hold on to this Marvel property so it doesn't fall back into the hands of Marvel Studios. Of course, we're at least grateful that the studio is trying to fix things instead of just proceeding without a clue. Deadline's source, seemingly at Sony, says, "The one thing you can’t ignore is the fans. There was a rejection going on with having another Spider-Man come out so soon, and you have to listen to the fans in this world. We all took a good look in the mirror and said, we have to try to have to figure it out and revamp it.” Do any of these plans hold promise? What do you think?