Ruben Fleischer, director of Venom and both Zombieland movies, has confirmed that Sony has some bold plans for the future of Spider-Man. In an interview with Fandom, Fleischer spoke about the 2020 Venom sequel and how it could set the stage for a crossover with Tom Holland's Spidey.
"That’s where it’s all going to lead," the director said, even though he's no longer attached as director for the next Venom. “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 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."
Holland's Spider-Man was almost kicked out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Sony and Disney had a falling out, but thankfully the companies came to an agreement. In the announcement, MCU lead Kevin Feige teased, "[Spider-Man] also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold."
The Venom sequel will see the return of Tom Hardy as the titular character, and there's no telling whether Holland could show up for a cameo. Fleischer will be replaced by Andy Serkis, the motion-capture acting icon (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars) who recently directed Netflix's Mowgli. "I was kinda happy to let somebody else take over. And I’m excited to see what he does with it," Fleischer added.
During the interview, Zombieland: Double Tap star Woody Harrelson explained that he wouldn't want to do a limited series based on his Solo: A Star Wars Story character, Tobias Beckett. "No. I probably wouldn’t want to do that," he said. "I’d want to do a limited series, but not that one." Despite this, he did say he'd "defo" be down for a prequel film centered on Beckett.
The third Spider-Man film from Sony and Marvel is set to arrive in theaters on July 16, 2021, while Venom 2 will hit theaters Oct. 2, 2020.