Tom Hardy has hinted at a potential future crossover between Venom and Spider-Man and said he would be “remiss” if he was not “trying to steer any kind of connectivity”.
The British actor, best known for roles in Dunkirk, The Dark Knight Rises and Mad Max: Fury Road, reprises his role as lethal protector Venom in the Marvel superhero sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage, on which he also served as a producer and worked on the story.
Talking to Esquire UK about Venom facing off with Tom Holland's Spider-Man in the future, he admitted that was his dream.
"I hope and strongly, with both hands, push, eagerly, towards that potential, and would do anything to make that happen, within what’s right in business."
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“But it would be foolish not to head towards the Olympic Games if you were running 100 metres, so yeah! I want to play on that field.”
Addressing plans for a third instalment, he added: “I’m thinking about the third movie as well, because I think you need to write that at the same time.
“A third won’t be greenlit until the second is successful, but the studio were really, really pleased with number two.”
Watch a trailer for Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Although technically a Marvel character, Tom Hardy's Venom has so far only appeared in the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters (SPUMC). Tom Holland's Spider-Man is a part of the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and can cross over with the characters of the Avengers world.
There are currently no plans for Venom to appear in the MCU, however he may crop up in Jared Leto's upcoming SPUMC film Morbius, according to a recent interview with that film's director Daniel Espinosa.
Asked if Venom and Spider-Man could appear in the same film, Hardy replied: “I would be remiss if I wasn’t trying to steer any kind of connectivity.
“I wouldn’t be doing the job if I wasn’t awake and open to any opportunity or eventuality or be excited by that.
“Obviously, that’s a large canyon to leap, to be bridged by one person alone, and it would take a much higher level of diplomacy and intelligence, sitting down and talking, to take on an arena such as that.
“Should both sides be willing, and it be beneficial to both sides, I don’t see why it couldn’t be."
The autumn issue of Esquire UK is on sale from 11 August. Venom: Let There Be Carnage is in UK cinemas from 15 September.
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