'Venom' Producer Plays Coy on Whether Spidey Spin-Off Is Part of the MCU

In a new interview, producer Matt Tolmach hints that the Spidey villain could co-exist with Tom Holland's Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

AceShowbiz - Is "Venom (2018)" part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Producer Matt Tolmach has hinted that Eddie Brock a.k.a. the infamous Spidey supervillain, played by Tom Hardy in the upcoming spin-off movie, could co-exist with Tom Holland's Peter Parker in the MCU.

In a new interview with MTV, Tolmach was asked if the host of symbiote would share the same universe as the wall-crawling superhero. But the producer dodged the question, refusing to even reference Spidey when asked about his possible role.

"We're making a Venom movie, is what I'm going to say to you," he coyly replied. "A Venom movie, with Tom Hardy, and I think you will be very pleased." Asked again if Venom would cross paths with Peter Parker in the upcoming film, he doubled down on the dodge, saying, "We're making a Venom movie ... and I'm excited for people to explore it, and find out what that is."

During the interview, Tolmach was also asked whether "Venom" would be rated R or PG-13. But he also coyly responded to the question, saying, "We're gonna do the right one."

Tolmach then shared some details regarding Hardy's take on the titular anti-hero and his alter-ego. "Eddie Brock is an incredible character and a gritty, real, authentic, funny but also embittered character and a truth-teller who has made mistakes," he said. "Tom... it's like a master class watching him act every day, and he's such a risk-taker. And he loved this character."

"From the day that we first met with him, my partner Avi Arad and I... we found someone who just believed in this character entirely and yet every day pushes it to a place that us mere mortals would never expect it go," he continued gushing about the 40-year-old actor.

"He just has crazy integrity about it and so he challenges everything we're doing in the most brilliant way," Tolmach said, adding that "for him, it's like, 'If I'm going to do this, I'm going to do it and give it it's due.' Because the love that the fans have for that character is profound and he shares it. So, it's really exciting."

"Venom" is slated to open in U.S. theaters on October 5 next year. Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, the film also stars Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson, Reid Scott and Scott Haze.

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