Todd McFarlane: Possible For Spawn And Venom To Crossover In A Future Movie


The success of the MCU has established the trend of crossover events in the blockbuster domain, and that allows various mighty characters to join hands and create a fascinating team-up film. As per the maker of Spawn, Todd McFarlane, his character’s appearance in an upcoming movie from the Venom universe is possible, at least in his view.

“Here’s a big ‘What If?’ What if Sony distributes Spawn? Then is it possible that in the future Sony could have a crossover with Venom and Spawn? It’s possible,” Todd McFarlane told CBR. “So, I will be presenting that possibility to the Sony executives when we get ready.”

Since Spawn is a publication of Image Comics and Venom is a Marvel property, the prospects of such a crossover are really low. Still, McFarlane is hopeful that the crossover is possible down the line, but, it will depend on how successful the two solo movies turn out to be.

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 “My conversation with them would be, why wouldn’t you? Here’s what I know. Let’s say Venom is huge — I hope it is — then no matter who distributes Spawn, the first thing you will see in every trailer will be, ‘From the co-creator of Venom,‘” McFarlane explained. “So, then my question to Sony is, why would you let one of your competitors use that line, given that it was your effort that made Venom work? Your money that made Venom work? Your marketing that made Venom work? I think it’s worth asking, then, what happens if they both work? And then what happens ten years down the line, when they want to do a Spawn/Venom crossover, and they get the guy who helped create both those characters to direct it? Might be kind of cool.”

Although this black symbiote suit that had overpowered Spider-Man has been around since the early 1980s, before McFarlane’s association with the character, he had helped set up Eddie Brock’s partnership with the symbiote suit, which went on to become a huge influence on Venom.

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Irrespective of McFarlane’s link with the character, he clarified that he had nothing to do with the movie’s development.

“I know what my advice would be, but I don’t know if anybody has the stomach for it. It would go like this, if you’re going to do an R-rated movie, scare the sh-t out of them,” McFarlane said. “I don’t know that they are going to go there. Hopefully, there’s some creepy moments and some scary stuff, but Venom is still, in a roundabout way, has tendrils to the Marvel Universe. I don’t know how brave any studio can get with the characters. Although I have to say, you had Deadpool’s R [rating], and I wouldn’t consider that R except for the F-bombs, then you get Logan, and now I’m hoping things like New Mutants and Venom push it even further. And for sure, Spawn is.”

Fans will witness the extreme terror when Venom releases in theaters on October 5th. Spawn is expected to start production by end 2018.


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