Venom producer Matt Tolmach answered questions about the film’s place in the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe during an interview with LRM. Tolmach told reporters definitively that Venom is not part of Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. Instead, Venom is the first film in Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters. Tolmach says that when they began production on the film, they looked to make a standalone movie about reporter Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote. Tolmach added that while the story of the film was intended to be in its own universe, the story nevertheless allows for multiple possibilities, including crossovers with the MCU.
As fans of Marvel Comics know, Venom is a major adversary of Spider-Man, who is played by Tom Holland in the MCU. Since the release of Captain America: Civil War in 2016, Sony has allowed Marvel to feature Spider-Man in the MCU. The arrangement has been highly beneficial for both Sony and Marvel, and Holland’s character is already a member of the Avengers in the series. Eventually, Tolmach hopes for Venom and Spider-Man to cross paths in a film but confessed that that storyline would have to wait well into the future. Till then, Tolmach says that there are plenty of other adversaries for Venom to fight and more than enough backstory to satiate fans of the series.
Tolmach also talked about other films planned for Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters. For several months, Sony was rumored to be producing a film about frequent Spider-Man allies Black Cat and Silver Sable. The film, entitled Silver & Black, was abandoned in favor of two standalone features centered around each character individually. Tolmach told reporters that Sony’s next Marvel project will be based on Morbius the Living Vampire, a comic book series about a scientist who, after a failed medical test, develops the physical attributes and abilities of a vampire. Morbius, who is usually portrayed as an anti-hero, will be played by Suicide Squad star Jared Leto. Tolmach, along with fellow producer Avi Arad, says that Leto will bring the same level of devotion to the character as he did for his role as the Joker in Suicide Squad. Leto is furthermore reportedly a major fan of Morbius.
Venom is set for release on October 5. Morbius the Living Vampire is rumored to begin production by the end of year.