Venom launched Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters to a strong start, nearly reclaiming all of it’s $100M budget in less than a week in theaters. While there’s certainly been a huge divide between critics and some fans, there can be no doubt that it’s strong box office haul will allow Sony to move forward with other projects under the SUMC banner.
One such project is a solo Kraven film which was announced earlier this year. Screenwriter Richard Wenk (The Equalizer 2) has been hard at work readying the script and gave an interesting update in a recent interview with Discussing Film.
Wenk told the outlet that his screenplay would “adhere very closely to the lore of Kraven the Hunter” and that the team at Sony is working towards adapting the epic Spider-Man story, Kraven’s Last Hunt. Wenk went on to say that while everyone is eager to get to that classic story, it may or may not be in this film. He did, however, make one bold claim that the ultimate plan for Kraven is to have him “come face to face with Spider-Man.”
This has, of course, caused an uproar in the online fan community with some speculating that this might mean the end of the Sony/Disney deal that allows Marvel Studios to use Spider-Man in their films. There is, however, now way to know how aware of the parameters of the deal Wenk is or what Sony’s plans are for the future of Tom Holland or if Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige have worked out a new deal to allow Spidey to move in and out of both universes. Basically, nobody knows what the hell Sony is up to in regards to Spidey. However, with solo films also in development for Morbius, Silk, Nightwatch, Jackpot, Silver Sable and Black Cat, we do know that Sony is serious about making their cinematic universe work.
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