'Venom' Will Be a Comedy Like 'Zombieland', Claims Amy Pascal

Thursday, 29 June 2017 - 1:03PM
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Thursday, 29 June 2017 - 1:03PM
'Venom' Will Be a Comedy Like 'Zombieland', Claims Amy Pascal
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Come on, Sony, make up your mind. Is your new Venom movie going to be in the MCU or not?

Over the past couple of days, producer Amy Pascal has flipflopped multiple times on whether or not Venom will connect to the MCU. First she said it would connect to the MCU, then she came out saying the opposite. Now, Pascal is again claiming that Venom and Black Cat will connect to Spider-Man: Homecoming and may even share some characters, despite Kevin Feige's insistence that these movies aren't canon within the MCU.

In other words, Venom is Sony's attempt at MCU fanfiction.

What's really weird, though, is the way they're going to go about this. Obviously a hard R-rated movie won't fit with the tone of the MCU, but it does make sense for a movie about the Venom symbiote to be dark, gruesome, and disturbing. That's why it's all the more bizarre that Sony is planning to make this movie an irreverent comedy.

According to Amy Pascal, the decision to hire Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is a very deliberate one, as the Venom movie is intended to aim for a similar tone:

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"Well, Ruben is a very talented, ironic, funny guy. He did a great job with Zombieland, so when you think of that mixed with Venom, I think that tells you what it should be."
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So Sony wants the Venom movie to be Deadpool?

It's easy to see how the timeline fits together here—Sony's executives saw Deadpool last year and instantly decided that wacky R-rated comic book movies are in fashion, so they threw the biggest character they had at their disposal into a poorly thought-out movie.




This doesn't bode well for Sony's comic book universe. The studio's half-baked, rushed Spider-Man movies have backfired in the past, which is why the Venom spin-off was shelved the first time.

Venom does not work in a comedic movie—he's a dangerous, aggressive murderer who's fueled by a lust for revenge and an incredibly broken moral compass. Trying to contort the character into a wacky Deadpool clone shows just how poorly Sony understand the characters that they own. Perhaps the only good thing that'll come out of this is Silver and Black directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, but the fact that we have to endure a Venom comedy first is just bizarre.
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