It was already a major acquisition for Marvel when they managed to secure the services of Tom Hardy for the lead of Venom. The Englishman had established himself as a global superstar with roles in Mad Max: Fury Road, Dunkirk, Inception and ironically enough, DC's The Dark Knight Rises.
This sent out a signal to all in sundry that Sony were looking for A-list performers to headline their new property in a title that will act as a spinoff franchise. Now it appears as though Oscar nominee Michelle Williams will be linking up with Hardy for the blockbuster, as Variety reports the Drive star to be in deep with negotiations between her party and the studio.
Williams Might Be Gearing To Play Brock's Ex Ann Weying
With an October 5, 2018 release date already locked into the calendar, there is only 12 months to get pre-production underway, shoot the scenes, edit the picture and get it out into theaters. That whirlwind requires the cast to be locked up first and while Sony have kept details of Williams' character secret, there is a strong suspicion linking her to the comic book character Ann Weying.
Eddie Brock's ex-wife would originally emerge in the printed editions courtesy of The Amazing Spider-Man #375, a lawyer by day and a masked vigilante by night as She-Venom a.k.a. The Bride of Venom. There might be no Tom Holland for the foreseeable future as Spider-Man: Homecoming launched Peter Parker firmly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the inclusion of Hardy, Williams and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star Riz Ahmed should inject enough interest to score big at the box office.
Miles Morales Is In The MCU
Marvel producer Kevin Feige would put to rest a debate that had been held in MCU circles for some time - is Miles Morales part of the cinematic world? This is a character who would emerge in 2011 and take the mantle from Peter Parker following his death.
"In the meantime, I think Miles is a big part of the animated movie that Sony's making. But where we go...we definitely want you to go '(Miles) is there. He's there somewhere," remarked the filmmaker.
In one deleted scene from Spider-Man: Homecoming, Donald Glover's character Aaron Davis ends up calling his nephew Miles to help him out of a jam - thus confirming the speculation. Glover was linked to the part for the 2017 blockbuster, but despite him matching some of the demographics as an African American, he was older than Holland and therefore could not work out.