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Tom Hardy Has Some Eyebrow-Raising Remarks About His Venom Meeting Spider-Man

For fans eager to see Tom Holland's Spider-Man face off against Tom Hardy's Venom, there is some hope.

When Spider-Man finally joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016's "Captain America: Civil War," audiences were thrilled Peter Parker would be suiting up alongside the rest of the Avengers. It was a long time coming, too — Sony has owned the movie rights to Spider-Man and all related characters since 1998, as explained over at CinemaBlend. Marvel Studios having access to Spider-Man was a big win for both the studio and comic fans, and the upcoming "Spider-Man: No Way Home" is staged to only further extend the Spiderverse within the MCU. 

However, even with new Spider-Man characters making their way into the "mainstream" Marvel Cinematic Universe, this version of Peter Parker has yet to meet Venom, one of his most notorious foes from the comic books. Modern film audiences first met the character, also known as journalist Eddie Brock, in 2007's "Spider-Man 3," where the character was portrayed by Topher Grace. 

Tom Hardy took over the character with 2018's "Venom" solo movie, and he's reprising the role in its hotly anticipated sequel "Venom: Let There Be Carnage," hitting the big screen September 2021. But while Hardy's "Venom" films have not featured Spider-Man, the actor has all but confirmed he's eager to see the characters actually come together.

Tom Hardy wants to see Venom meet Spider-Man

In a recent interview with Esquire UK, Tom Hardy shared just how keen is to see Spider-Man and Venom battle it out on the big screen once again. Of course, with the complex and ever-changing details of business deals and studio rights, getting the two characters together isn't as simple as just writing a script. But Hardy is on board — even if he doesn't say it outright.

"I would be remiss if I wasn't trying to steer any kind of connectivity [between Spider-Man and Venom]...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," Hardy told Esquire.  "Should both sides be willing, and it be beneficial to both sides, I don't see why it couldn't be. 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. 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."

Whether Hardy's roundabout answer is a hint of something in the works or not, we'll have to wait and see. However, we'll be eagerly awaiting any news on the two characters meeting — and in the meantime, we'll continue to enjoy seeing their adventures play out in their respective universes.