We already knew Sony’s Venom movie would be the beginning of a larger universe, and now we have further confirmation that a lot is riding on the upcoming film.
According to Venom director Ruben Fleischer, the movie does lay the groundwork for sequels and a larger universe, but they’ll only get made if the first film is a success. That’s a lot of pressure to put on one movie, but it’s a challenge relished by Fleischer.
“We’ve definitely laid some groundwork for different directions that the franchise could go but obviously it all hinges on people’s excitement about this film,” Fleischer told Comicbook.com in an interview. “I hope people will stay and see what seeds have been planted.”
There have been rumors we might see Woody Harrelson appear in Venom, possibly as Carnage, and there’s always the (unlikely) possibility that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will be involved.
“I think we can all agree it would be pretty amazing to see Spider-Man and Venom face off in a film,” Fleischer said. “I have to think that the studio is thinking the same way and at some point down the road they’re gonna run across each other’s paths.”
For that to happen, audiences across the globe have to actually go see Venom when it lands on October 5. Suddenly, the stakes just got much higher.