Marvel Does Not Want Tom Hardy’s Venom to Contaminate the MCU

Marvel finally reveals Gorr’s abilities which could mean that Tom Hardy’s Venom will not be returning to the MCU anytime soon.

eddie brock turning into venom
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Marvel comics is able to explore lots of different connections between several characters. Some of those connections have come to light in the MCU, but many of them never get mentioned due to the movie rights issue between Marvel and Sony. For instance, many fans thought it would be impossible for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and Charlie Cox’s Daredevil to share the screen, but Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) proved that those connections are indeed possible.

Spider-Man also has a strange connection with Thor in the comics as they both have an iconic villain who uses a symbiote. Venom is one of Spider-Man’s villains – although he will team up as antihero with Thor soon – and Gorr the God Butcherer is one of Thor’s enemies. Unfortunately, Marvel can not just bring Venom into an MCU project unless they get the approval from Sony.

Gorr the God Butcher tormenting Thor
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Even though Sony and Marvel have a good working relationship, fans know that Sony’s greed is starting to ruin certain moments in the MCU. When Marvel does not help Sony with a film, the movie tends to underperform and becomes another box office disaster – I’m looking at you, Morbius (2022).

Sony has been pushing forward to make several Spider-Man spinoff movies in their own universe and without using one of the three Spider-Man actors available. This has led fans to be upset as it seems that Sony is desperate especially after they announced they were making a spinoff movie with one of Spider-Man’s obscure villains.

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Now, Gorr the God Butcherer (Christian Bale) will be the main villain in Thor 4. Not much is known about the character other than what he looks like, but a new promo art reveals that his symbiote will have a role in the film. Merchandise had made it clear that Gorr’s weapon the NecroSword would be in the film, but fans were hoping that his symbiote would have a bigger role. New promo art shows that Gorr’s symbiote will indeed be more than a sword in the movie:

Gorr Promo Art
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In the comics, Gorr finds the symbiote, All-Black, as black ooze that fell off the god, Knull. He touches the symbiote and gains special abilities such as the ability to create armor, wing and the iconic black sword. His powers are only limited to his imagination which means that the symbiote can shapeshift into whatever Gorr needs to fight his enemies. This is why he is feared by the gods because with the symbiote, he is very powerful. If you do not know much about the All-Black and how Gorr got his symbiote, here’s a description from Marvel:

The first symbiote, All-Black, is an ancient amorphous weapon originating from the evil Knull. It left Knull when he became incapacitated, and bonded himself to Gorr, who becomes imbued with his superhuman powers, including flight as well as increased strength and durability. From Gorr’s thoughts, he can mold the shapeshifting symbiote to form armor around his body and produce weapons, which are limited only by his thoughts. One of the weapons, All-Black the Necrosword, extends from his arms and is made from living darkness. The symbiote also provides him with the ability to regenerate.

Gorr the God Butcherer fighting Thor
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What does this have to do with Venom?

Tom Hardy as Venom
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Well, one thing to note is that Venom may be a Spider-Man villain and therefore under Sony’s control, but that does not mean Marvel can not use symbiotes in the MCU. Marvel has done this in the past as they had super heroes who were Mutants appear, and made sure not to call them Mutants before Disney acquired Fox so that Marvel would not have a problem.

Marvel can use this opportunity to bring more obscure characters into the spotlight. If James Gunn did not direct the Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), there’s a good chance fans would not have seen more from the characters as the crew was unknown to many Marvel fans before the MCU film. It would not be hard to do that again.

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Even with Venom, Sony has not made any highly praised movie as most people consider the movie to be decent or just okay. This isn’t bad, but since the symbiote is so iconic, fans deserve better than what Sony is giving them. It will not be long before fans get to see Gorr and possibly get their first look at a new symbiote that will hopefully lead to Marvel introducing more down the road.

While Marvel may not outright bring a symbiote into the MCU they can easily call Gorr’s symbiote something and use that new term as their potential bridge into bringing more symbiote-like characters into the MCU.

More on Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor and Korg watching the Guardians crew leave
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Here’s an official description of Thor’s next adventure:

The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.

Thor: Love and Thunder releases in theaters on July 8, 2022.

Ravager Thor throwing his cloak behind him in the middle of battle
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The MCU is just beginning to add more superhero teams into the Marvel universe because now, the Avengers need all the help they can get. It is only a matter of time before we see the Young AvengersIlluminati, Defenders, Midnight Sons, X-Men, Fantastic Fourand the Thunderbolts enter the MCU.

Do you think Venom will be replaced in the MCU? Let us know what you think!

Phase Four has started off with a lot of content for Marvel fans to look forward to in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On Disney + you can expect more episodes of Moon Knight on March 30, Ms. Marvel on June 8, and She-Hulk to debut this year. For movies, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness comes out on May 6, followed by Thor: Love and Thunder on July 8, and of course, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on November 11.

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