One of the most popular and well known comic book villains is Venom, the black-suited arch nemesis to Spider-Man. But while he’s occupied Marvel’s Spider-Man world for virtually his entire existence, the studio has made a move that will not only change the landscape of Spider-Man but change their movie strategy as well.
According to Newsarama, Venom will be joining Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy in the comics which naturally leads us to believe that the same will happen on the big screen. The next big Marvel movie launch will be Guardians of the Galaxy which will hit theaters this upcoming summer.
The short answer is, don’t hold your breath.
This is where the politics of movie property comes in as Marvel created and owns Spider-Man but his film rights are owned by Sony. That’s why you don’t see Spider-Man getting the Marvel treatment that Thor, Captain America and the rest of the Avengers are getting. Venom is a part of the Spider-Man cinematic universe, meaning he’s not going to be showing up in Guardians of the Galaxy anytime soon — at least not on the big screen.
This whole deal of film studios owing the cinematic rights to Marvel characters is why 2012’s Avengers didn’t feature The Fantastic Four or X-Men as their film rights belong to 20th Century Fox. It’s also why we have yet to see a Spider-Man/Wolverine crossover despite the fact Hugh Jackman apparently was lobbying for it.
But if you’re getting down on Venom not being in a Marvel movie, don’t be sad for long. One of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood is that Venom will be teased in this summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and then appear in the third film due out likely in 2016.
Still, it’s an interesting move to put Venom in the Guardians of the Galaxy, even if it’s just happening in the comic books for now. Everyone can get in on the action though as the issue of Guardians of the Galaxywhich introduces Venom as a new member will be given away free on May 3, 2014, which is national Free Comic Book Day.