The idea of an expanded Sony’s Spider-Man universe began in 2013, with plans to launch spin-off films, including one centered on Venom, following ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’ However, due to the film’s disappointment, Sony abandoned these plans and collaborated with Marvel Studios in 2015, and since then, Spider-Man has been one of the main characters in MCU.
However, despite SSU movies generally receiving mixed to bad reviews (looking at your Morbius), the SSU continued and now has plenty of live-action and animated projects in development focusing both on Spider-Man’s supporting characters and his villains. ‘Madame Web’ releases on February 14th, and despite significant marketing efforts the movie generated little interest with a low projected box office. Following the release of ‘Madame Web’ we can look forward to ‘Kraven The Hunter’ on August 30, 2024, and ‘Venom 3’ on November 3, 2024. The SSU keeps expanding and the rumors have it that another project focused on Venom is in development, the project will be of an animated nature and so far no details are known except that it will be R-rated.
All things considered, Venom does seem to be the most successful Spider-Man supporting character that Sony has managed to spin into his own franchise. ‘Venom’ achieved a global box office success, grossing $213.5 million in the United States and Canada, along with $642.5 million in other territories, resulting in a total worldwide gross of $856.1 million. The film, with a production budget ranging from $100–116 million, needed to earn approximately $450 million to break even. It was later reported a net profit of $246.9 million, considering all expenses and revenues, making ‘Venom’ the sixth-most profitable release of 2018.
The success continued with ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ as the movie finished its theatrical run as the highest-grossing film in 2021, especially during the pandemic. It remains to be seen whether ‘Venom 3’ will be successful and I have no doubt that the development of this so-called animated project will depend on the success of the upcoming movie.
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