World’s will collide.

Venom director Ruben Fleischer has said that the franchise is leading up to a confrontation with Spider-Man.

Tom Hardy made his debut as Marvel’s iconic antihero in Sony’s first Venom film, which earned $856 million at the box office, leading to a sequel being given the greenlight. However, while he directed the first film, Fleischer won’t be helming the sequel, as it was confirmed in August that actor-turned-director Andy Serkis will take over for Venom 2.

To confirm and celebrate his hiring, Serkis posted the cover of Venom Lethal Protector #6 which features both Venom and Spider-Man on the cover, and the tagline “It’s not their final battle but it just might be their greatest.”

This was the first indication that Spider-Man could appear, but when speaking to Fandom recently, Fleischer teased that the sequel could indeed be leading up to a team-up.

That’s where it’s all going to lead,” he said, “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 do 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.”

It’s unclear as to whether this is to happen in Venom 2 or a subsequent film in the franchise, however is was revealed recently that Spider-Man will feature in one more MCU film aside from his third solo outing, so it could be possible.

This move would definitely make sense, as the Spider-Man universe has been busy expanding without the main man, with Venom and the upcoming Morbius film starring Jared Leto – so perhaps this is the time to bring the two universes together and give the studio more options of where to take Tom Holland’s hero next.

A page from ‘Maximum Carnage’

With the recent reveal of Shriek being added to Venom 2, it could be that the long-term plan is to go down the path of Maximum Carnage, which sees Morbius form an uneasy alliance with Spider-Man and Venom in order to take down Carnage. This may be what the Venom sequel will be setting up for the larger Sony Spider-universe.

Venom 2 is currently set for release on October 2nd, 2020.

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