Statement from Tom Hardy on Sony’s Marvel Universe and Spider-Man

Prior to the release of Venom 3, Tom Hardy appears to have suggested that Sony’s Marvel universe includes its own version of Spider-Man, though this statement has sparked differing opinions among fans.

The franchise’s connection with Spider-Man has always been somewhat perplexing, as it was originally referred to as the SPUMC (Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters) but has now been renamed as Sony’s Spider-Man Universe.

An instance of this can be seen with the web-head, which is an integral part of Venom’s DNA in the comics. However, it is not featured in Hardy’s movies. In the post-credits scene of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Eddie is transported to the MCU, but in No Way Home, he is sent back to his own universe.

Furthermore, it is worth mentioning that Madame Web concluded with the birth of Mary Parker’s son, Peter, also known as Spider-Man.

The recent interview with Hardy about Venom 3 has only added to the confusion, especially since Forbes retracted the statement that had caught the attention of fans.

In accordance with the original quote by ComicBookMovie, he stated that there were concerns about how we would be perceived. The Marvel Universe, under the management of Kevin Feige, has been thriving. Spider-Man is now part of Feige’s team at Marvel, while we have our own team at Sony.

“Kelly and I believe that it is crucial to give our all in order to make the most of this opportunity. With her directing and writing on the third one, I am fully committed and willing to support her in any way necessary.”

The phrase “We have one”has been removed from Forbes’ text, so what does that imply? Will Venom 3 include a cameo from Spider-Man (though not necessarily Tom Holland), or was it simply a mistake that should be disregarded? The most likely possibility is the latter.

One Reddit user speculated that Sony may want the comment retracted due to confusion caused by various websites covering the topic. Another user questioned whether Sony had requested the quote to be removed from the article, and whether this confirms their involvement or if it was simply a case of the actor misspeaking and Sony not wanting to spread misinformation.

For a while now, fans have been speculating that Venom could have a connection to either Andrew Garfield’s portrayal of Spider-Man or Tobey Maguire’s version of the character. Despite the persistent desire for both The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4, the likelihood of those two worlds intersecting appears to be quite slim.

Despite the conclusion of his franchise in The Last Dance, Hardy has shown enthusiasm and eagerness for the potential opportunity to face off against Spider-Man in a film. In a previous interview with Esquire, he stated, “If both sides are open to it and it benefits both parties, I see no reason why it couldn’t happen.”

“I am determined to pursue and achieve that potential with unwavering dedication, and I am willing to do whatever it takes within ethical business practices to make it a reality.”

The release date for Venom 3 is set for October 25, 2024 in theaters.

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