After Venom and Morbius, which Spider-Man foes need solo films next?
In October 2018, ten years after Iron Man launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony/Columbia Pictures released Venom, which kicked off their competing version of the Marvel Universe. While Sony/Columbia has been releasing film adaptations of Marvel Comics characters regularly throughout the 21st-century (including solo Spider-Man movies jointly produced with Marvel Studios), Venom and ensuing films like Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Morbius are Sony’s big attempt to create a unified tapestry of comic book movie adaptations. The trailer for Morbius, featuring Michael Keaton reprising his role as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture from Spider-Man: Far From Home, even indicates these plans will eventually include connecting to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man movies.
With Kraven the Hunter scheduled for 2023 and filmmakers like Olivia Wilde and S.J. Clarkson on deck to direct unknown new films for this franchise, Sony’s Marvel Universe is clearly in full swing. As this cinematic universe looks to fill up its slate of films in the coming years, it’s time to break down which supporting characters from the Spider-Man comics could sustain solo films. Since the installments in this series have so far emphasized Spider-Man villains, it only makes sense to look at five particularly interesting Spider-Man baddies that could make for perfect protagonists in future entries in the ever-expanding Sony’s Marvel Universe.