New Spidey Ignores “Venom,” Teases “Damage”

Following on from this morning’s second trailer and a brief comment from Tom Holland, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” director Jon Watts has spoken about Sony’s upcoming “Venom” and “Black Cat & Silver Sable” films based on characters from the “Spider-Man” comics franchise.

Watts confirms to Fandango that “Venom” isn’t connected to his “Spider-Man” or the MCU: “It’s not. It’s not connected to the Marvel world, so that’s really intriguing… what that will be. I don’t know anything about it. It’s not connected, so there’s not that overlap. I’m only focused on my movie right now.”

Watts also confirms that Tony Stark’s new post-superhero battle clean-up company that set things in motion in ‘Homecoming’ is none other than Damage Control from the comics. He says:

“For me, in thinking about this movie, it just fit in with our overall philosophy with the kind of story we wanted to tell. In the same way that Peter gives us the ground level view of what it’s like to be a 15-year-old kid in a New York City that was almost destroyed by aliens before the Avengers showed up.

You also wonder after all those huge messes are made, who’s sent in to clean up? Is it the normal people who would be hired to do something like that? Does it become a government operation? Is it dangerous? What do you do with all the alien body parts that you find? I really like asking those practical questions about this world, and then using that to drive the story.”

Asked what the status of ‘Homecoming’ is right now, he says: “It’s almost done. You know, everything takes forever, so we’re getting all the visual effects perfect, doing sound and color, and things like that.” He also says an official runtime is not yet set.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” hits theaters on July 7th.