‘Venom’ will kick start a series of sequels and stand-alone films in the Spider-Man universe

Sony are "focused on being faithful to the comics"

‘Venom’ could be the film to kick off a series of sequels and stand-alone films in the Spider-Man universe. If it does well at the box office, that is.

Sony Pictures are keen to create a world of Spider-Man movies that could rival what Disney has created with its expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Plus, Sony’s licensing deal with Marvel includes rights to roughly 900 characters, so some Marvel favourites could pop up in these standalone films.

President of Columbia Pictures, Sanford Panitch, will be overseeing what is being roughly titled, Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters. “We’re focused on being faithful to the comics,” he told Variety.

“We believe Black Cat is enough of her own character with a great backstory and a canon of material to draw from to justify her own film,” he continued.

The studio is reportedly focusing mainly on female stories. “Spider-Man connects to a lot of the characters,” he added. “There are villains, heroes, and antiheroes, and a lot are female characters, many of whom are bona fide, fully dimensionalized, and utterly unique.”

“We feel there’s no reason the Marvel characters shouldn’t be able to embrace diversity,” he added.

Venom will open in cinemas on October 5. Earlier this week, Tom Hardy opened up about channelling his own mental health problems for the role of the villain.

“He now has a beast who lives rent-free in him,” he said. “It could be like somebody who’s contracted a tropical disease and gone mad.

“It’s like acting out mental illness in some aspects, of which I have a fair understanding, having had a certain amount of mental health problems of my own, which are relevant, being an addict. So I might as well f**king use it.”

“I’m used to being in the third person,” he continued. “I think I have multiple personas and characters in me that present and represent different parts of me, that I allow to sit in the driving seat. They’re all me.”