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Cinematic Universes And Sony’s Spider-Verse. What lies ahead?

Sony had a field day in 2018 with both Venom and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse being major box-office blockbusters. Venom might not have been critics choice but fans sure seemed to enjoy the anti-hero outing.

The movie went to on earn over $850 million on international box office, compare that to $622 million of Ant-Man and The Wasp and $880 million of Spider-Man Homecoming.

To say that Venom defied all expectations will be an understatement.

Miles Morales In Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse

After two failed attempts Sony might be finally getting the cinematic universe thing right. Spider-Man 2 released way back in 2004 is still one of the best superhero movies out there and the best Spider-Man movie that there is.

The success that Marvel had with the Marvel Cinematic Universe is something that all major studios have been trying to emulate. DC had the opportunity and was most likely to succeed as they too have a colossal fan following and some of the best comic book stories and IPs.

Batman and Superman, without doubt, were a huge global brand way before Dark Knight or Man Of Steel ever hit theatres but same wasn’t the case for Iron-Man and Captain America. Maybe this was one of the reasons as to why Marvel succeeded. They had a clean slate with no preconceived notions and the freedom to tell the stories that they wanted. Even though DC currently has the best superhero movie out there, The Dark Knight, it hasn’t yet fully recovered from the debacle of Batman V Superman and Justice League.

However, Aquaman has made a billion dollars at the box office which is a positive sign but going into 2019 Shazam and the Joker movie’s performance will determine the fate of DCEU in the near future.

DC Superhero Ensemble

Sony plan to share Spider-Man with the Marvel Cinematic Universe has started paying its dividends. There had been reports earlier that we might see Tom Holland in the Venom movie but that didn’t turn out to be the case. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is not a possibility in future Spider-Verse movies.

How will Tom Holland appearing in Sony’s Cinematic Universe even work? Since I don’t think MCU and Spider-Verse are the part of the same Universe since that might create some gaping holes. It would be great to see, however, Venom and Carnage appear in the MCU. Sony has more than 5 movies planned for the Spider-Verse. And it is hoping that they will achieve what Marvel not on the same scale but even a pie of that will be a big success.

Here are the Spider-Verse movies that Sony’s has confirmed is ar some stage development

  1. Black Cat
  2. Silver Sable
  3. Morbius The Living Vampire
  4. Kraven The Hunter
  5. Silk
  6. Jackpot
  7. Nightwatch

Only an avid comic book reader would find the above IPs familiar. Apart from these, Venom 2 is confirmed to be development, how can’t it be after $880 million. Even though the likes of James Cameroon have been warning about the Superhero fatigue. I think we are yet to hit the peak. A summer movie collecting $2 Billion might at first seem the peak that there is, but the fact that a year in which we had near 10 superhero movies and all were record-breaking success makes me feel that we are still a few years away when people start complaining that all that is they see in theatres is a superhero movie.

Decoding Marvel’s Formula

2019 is another major year for the Cinematic Universes as Marvel releases three of its movies Captain Marvel, Avengers Endgame and Spider-Man Far From Home. And DC has Shazam and Joker movie to planned for April and October respectively. How these movies perform will decide the trend for the upcoming few years. As other Studios join the fray and James Cameron trying to establish his own cinematic universe with the Avatar franchise which is being constantly delayed.

Spider-Man Far From Home Villains Explained

Marvel released the Spider-Man Far From Home trailer, that gave us the first look at Mysterio and the Elementals.

Spider-Man and MJ in Spider-Man Far From Home

Jake Gyllenhaal is playing the super-villain, Mysterio. However, he won’t the antagonist in the movie at least not until the third act. He will be helping Spider-Man take down the Elementals, who are basically immortal beings that can control an element of nature. You can read more about them here.

Fans have been theorizing that the Elementals are either controlled by Mysterio, or are a part of his long con. And we know that Mysterio had a history of duping and deceiving Spider-Man in the comics. Let’s not forget that once time he convinced the Web-Slinger that he was going insane and he has to take off his mask, revealing his identity, in order to cure himself.

Mysterio and Spider-Man

Mysterio was a stuntman and special effects artist in Hollywood until he realized he had bigger ambitions and after failing as a actor, he decided to give the world of crime a chance. Since he believed that his experience with special effects will serve him will there.

In this initial days, Quentin Beck dressed as Spider-Man and executed his crime. Spider-Man was blamed for his wrongdoing. It was a great plan until Spider-Man had enough and he confronted Mysterio and duped him into confession. Thus clearing his name once and or all.

Mysterio in Far From Home

Mysterio might not have any superhuman powers but he makes up for it with technology and his expertise in creating illusions. His suit is designed to achieve him that. The infamous fishbowl helmet that is part of his dress is to save him from his own toxic gases. His capes some times do contain offensive weapons too like electrocuting those who touch it.

Mysterio was also the founding member of Original Sinister Six and Marvel is building towards that in the MCU. If Mysterio is not the main antagonist in the upcoming movie that he for sure would be setup as that for the sequel.

Vulture, whom we saw last in the jail in the post-credit scene of Spider-Man Homecoming too might turn in future sequels as a member of Sinister Six. We hope that Jake does wonders with his role as Mysterio, as he had tried to be part of superhero movies for over a decade, earlier as Spiderman and then as Nolan’s Batman.

Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio

Even if Marvel and Sony might have spoiled Avengers Endgame with the release of Spider-man trailer but it was inevitable anyways. We couldn’t have expected the marketing for the the movie to kick in May since it is slated for July 2019 release.

Sony has its own plans for the Spider-verse and 2018 was a lucky year for them as both Venom and Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse were major box-office hits.

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