The Secret Deal Behind Spider-Man 2 Plugging the X-Men + Sony has actors in mind for Venom & Carnage

The following article contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.

How did Peter Parker and Mystique end up in the same movie?

The “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ opens today overseas, and fans are already buzzing on Twitter over its end credits. The Sony Pictures release concludes with a teaser for the upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” a new sequence that has been added since “Spidey 2″ premiered in London last week.

The montage, which features a blue Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, is meant to mimic the coda scenes that conclude the Disney and Marvel Pictures juggernauts, including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which introduce new characters.

But in the case of the “Avengers” films, Disney is promoting its own material. The Spidey situation is different: Sony, which owns the “Spider-Man” films, is plugging a rival studio’s product, since the seventh “X-Men” sequel is released by 20th Century Fox on May 23. (Marvel acts as a traditional licensor for the non-Disney-owned Marvel characters.)

Why would Sony do that?

The reason, Variety has learned, is that “Spider-Man” director Marc Webb had an existing contract with Fox Searchlight to helm another film following 2009′s “500 (Days) of Summer.” After “The Amazing Spider-Man” in 2012, Webb’s negotiations briefly stalled with Sony as he was caught in a tug-of-war with Fox. Eventually, Fox agreed to allow Webb to direct Sony’s “Spider-Man” sequel, but only if Sony would promote its “X-Men” film for free.

For Sony, there’s another benefit to the cross-promotion. It allows the studio to situate its movie in the same Marvel family as Captain America and Iron Man, even if the creative team behind those films — including star producer Kevin Feige — are separate. Many fans look forward to the much-hyped codas at the end of a Marvel film.

That said, some U.K. fans who saw “Spider-Man 2″ on opening day were confused, wondering if it meant a single “X-Men” and “Spider-Man” movie is being planned. That’s not happening.

Sony has actors in mind for Venom and Carnage

Amazing Spider-Man 2 is just hitting cinemas in several places but already thoughts are turning towards what’s next for the Spider-Man franchise. We’ve got some exciting Spidey prospects coming up with the Sinister Six film, that really begins to take shape in Amazing Spider-Man 2, and then of course there’s the Venom standalone movie.

Venom is one of the Spider-Man universe’s more popular characters and I personally can’t wait to see how Sony handle a film that focuses on the symbiote. However the Venom film is further along than perhaps many people would have thought with Cinematallica reporting that there is at least one draft of a script in-hand and apparently the early stages of casting are in motion.

Whilst the Venom movie hasn’t even been green-lit yet Sony reportedly have a few names in mind for the films protagonist and antagonist, although any of this could be flat-out wrong or could change several times before production actually starts. So with that in mind let’s take a look at who is in the running at this (very) early stage.

Those that have seen Noah recently will have seen Finn Wittrock starring as the younger version of Ray Winstone’s Tubul-Cain. Wittrock is the favourite at the moment for the role of Daily Bugle reporter/anti-hero Eddie Brock, who is, of course, the first person to don the persona of Venom. Basically it looks like Sony are looking to cast a young up-and-comer (similar to Garfield as Spider-Man) that they can turn into a star.

But then who will the antagonist of the film be, assuming that Venom is considered the protagonist? Well, there were rumours that eccentric actor Jim Carrey would be making a cameo in Amazing Spider-Man 2 as Cletus Kasady aka Carnage, however that didn’t come to fruition. However there is an equally eccentric and fanboy favourite actor being considered for the role – Alan Tudyk.

So there we have it, I personally think that Tudyk as Carnage is actually quite an inspired choice and I’m willing to hang the jury on Wittrock as Venom. It would be easy to criticise the casting choice in a similar way to Affleck’s Batman or Eisenberg’s Lex Luther but it could turn out to be a good choice. That is of course if either of these guys actually do get cast. What do you guys think?

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