As part of a lengthy story exploring Sony’s partnership with Marvel Studios, THR has offered up a couple of updates regarding the future of the “Spider-Man” franchise be it sequels, spin-offs and more.
First up, Ruben Fleischer’s “Venom” film starring Tom Hardy as the titular creature will reportedly see Carnage serving as the villain of the piece. “Venom” opens in cinemas on October 5th 2018.
The studio is also reportedly considering plans for projects that will focus on villains Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio, but it’s not clear if that will be a team-up film. One thing they certainly don’t want to do again is “Sinister Six,” rather they want to “build out a world gradually rather than launch one immediately.”
Also the studio intends to use Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the various spin-off films and additional Marvel Studios movies, despite contractually only being obligated to appear in two “Spider-Man” sequels and the currently shooting third and fourth “Avengers”.
Finally, the trade indicates that the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” sequel will not have Iron Man in it, but the plan is to include another Marvel Studios character whom will be used to the same extent which ‘Homecoming’ uses Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark.
Which character hasn’t been set yet, but the sequel is already targeting a July 5th 2019 release. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” opens on July 7th.