Sony’s Marvel Universe Gets A Very Odd Official Name

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And when we say close, we mean literally: Eddie (Tom Hardy) is a scandal-plagued journalist, and Venom is the alien symbiote who's invaded his body. However, it has been reported that one of the films-Silver and Black-is no longer happening. In essence, they're building a Spider-Man cinematic universe without Spider-Man.

That hasn't stopped the studio from moving ahead on their other Spidey spin-offs however, with news having come last week that a Kraven the Hunter film is now in the works, and that Cindy Moon's Silk - another pivotal Spidey character - will be joining the villain in a feature of her own.

With the the highly anticipated comic book film, Venom, set to release fairly soon, Sony is gearing up for their own Sony's Marvel Universe.

However, it's now revealed that "it's unlikely that Venom will be the first R-rated Sony Marvel movie", as according to the Variety's report "some members of Sony's brain trust believe that the film should push the very limits of PG-13 without crossing over into a higher rating". We'll just have to see if fans are understanding about the compromise.

The company has also set up a screenwriter for a movie based on Kraven the Hunter in The Equalizer 2's Richard Wenk, and is developing another movie based on the character of Nightwatch, for which it is now seeking a writer as well. However, she will remain as a producer for the upcoming Black Cat and Silver Sable solo films. Adding a larger Marvel Universe spin to it raises the profile of the franchise significantly - as well as the inevitable confusion amongst casual moviegoers, who won't get all the particulars of why certain characters can't crossover, etc. Couple this with the fact that Sony Pictures now owns film rights to "roughly 900 Marvel characters" big and small, and it's pretty clear that the SUMC is bursting at the seams with cinematic potential. They are extending that relationship with Spider-Man sequel, Spider-Man: Far From Home.