Despite a critical drubbing, director Ruben Fleischer’s “Venom” adaptation last year made a mint at the box-office – ultimately snagging $856 million worldwide which ensured both a sequel and other Marvel Comics adaptations from Sony.
Fleischer is back in cinemas this week with “Zombieland 2: Double Tap,” the upcoming horror-comedy sequel and the filmmaker has been out doing interviews ahead of its release. Given a year’s distance from it, he was asked by Fandom if he’d change anything about the film following the critical reaction.
His response? He wouldn’t change a thing about the film itself, rather he wants to change the minds of those who didn’t like it:
“If anything, I would have changed the critics’ reaction to it. I was really bummed that people didn’t like it because it’s a crowd-pleasing movie and I’m not sure if there was just blowback against Sony or people just worship Marvel. But I was really surprised that the critics [were gunning for it] because audiences really enjoyed the movie. And so many people who’ve seen it just appreciated that it was a fun superhero movie. So I was a little surprised. I don’t know what they were expecting.”
Fleischer is not returning for the “Venom” sequel with Andy Serkis taking over the reins, and he says he has no hards feelings about it: “I was kinda happy to let somebody else take over. And I’m excited to see what he does with it.” He also confirms Sony’s long-term plan seems to be a Tom Hardy and Tom Holland team-up:
“That’s where it’s all going to lead, and that’s the exciting thing because we changed the origin of Venom…in the comics, he evolved from Spider-Man but because of the Marvel-Sony thing we weren’t able to that. And so the thing I think it’s building towards, and will be exciting to see, is when they actually do confront each other.”
With the recent deal between Sony and Disney, and with Holland sticking in the MCU for at least two more films, it’s not clear if a “Venom” crossover with Holland’s take on “Spider-Man” may still happen. Holland himself has made headlines today, admitting over the weekend at ACE Comic-Con (via Twitter) that the few weeks when Sony and Marvel were at an impasse were the most stressful thing that’s ever happened to him.