When Venom was first being discussed, many thought it a poor move by Sony Pictures to go forward with a solo movie focusing on the symbiote—especially since it would completely ignore the connection Venom has with Spider-Man, one which is key to the character.
It didn't matter what fans thought because Sony Pictures went ahead and did it anyway. To the surprise of many, despite the lukewarm reviews, the film was very successful, which led to the upcoming movie Venom: Let There Be Carnage becoming a reality.
While Venom is going to have to contend with Carnage first, everyone is wondering when Tom Hardy's friend will go face-to-face with Tom Holland's Spider-Man. After all, with the franchises' success, it's only a matter of time, especially with the multiverse at play.
Thanks to the upcoming sequel's director, fans seemingly have a concrete answer to whether the match-up will ever happen in the first place.
Venom Will Meet Spider-Man One Day
Venom: Let There Be Carnage director Andy Serkis was able to talk with IGN, where the question on everyone's mind was asked: will Venom ever meet Spider-Man? And When?
Well, Andy Serkis surprisingly came right out and bluntly said "of course, it's gonna happen:"
"Look, that's the question on everyone's lips. They want to know if Venom is gonna meet Spider-Man, but personally, it's never gonna happen. I'm only joking, of course it's gonna happen..."
Serkis defends not having had it happen yet but says that by jumping straight to Spider-Man, the audiences "could be missing out on so many great supervillain characters in between...:"
"But, I think there's so much... Look, it depends when you want to get there, and also, what the appetite is. If people want more Venom stories, then, to jump straight to Spider-Man, you could be missing out on so many great supervillain characters in between now and then. So, in a way, by rushing to it, you might be closing the door.
But which supervillains? One of the director's first examples was "Toxin," a character who is already in Venom: Let There Be Carnage; but then Serkis made mention of "all the other symbioses to be had as well...:"
"Whereas, if people are loving the lore, then I think all of those other characters that are then in the canon, that are there in the lore of Venom - for instance all of the supervillains that are in Ravencroft, the institute for the criminally insane - you know, there could be some fantastic stories. There are other characters like Toxin, and all the other symbiotes to be had as well before then."
In closing the subject, Andy Serkis says that by rushing to Spider-Man, "they'll be sacrificing all of that stuff...:"
"But, point taken, yes everybody wants to see Venom fight Spider-Man... and it's appetite, how much people want... they'll be sacrificing all of that stuff if that want to rush straight to that."
The Supervillains of Venom
It seems strange to hear Andy Serkis say that it would be jumping the gun to go straight to Spider-Man—it's quite the reverse actually. In the comics, Venom is a direct result of the symbiote having had that connection to Spider-Man. So really, making the Venom film in the first place was jumping the gun—seeing as there wasn't a webslinger in sight.
The same goes for all of those other symbioses that Serkis mentions, including Carnage who is the main antagonist of the next film. They have all first and foremost been villains of Peter Parker's Spider-Man before they were Venom's—though, of course, Eddie Brock's original symbiote shares the hatred for Carnage and his resulting lineage.
Despite all of that, it is what it is; for now at least. It will still be plenty exciting when the moment finally comes where the world sees Tom Holland's Spider-Man face off against Tom Hardy's Venom.
Until that moment arrives, fans can look forward to Venom: Let There be Carnage when it releases on October 1 later this year.