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When Tom Holland’s Peter Parker enters his college years, not only will his life take a darker turn, but his costume will as well. According to inside sources, Marvel Studios and Sony are planning on Spider-Man 4 to be the film where Parker will don the black outfit.
Introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man No. 252 in early 1984, this striking makeover is also known as the symbiote that’d eventually become the villain Venom. In Spider-Man’s theatrical films, director Sam Raimi introduced the the black-and-white costume in 2007’s Spider-Man 3 along with its new host, Eddie Brock, played by Topher Grace.
However, Spider-Man 3 was not as well-received as Raimi’s initial entries. Venom wasn’t Raimi’s choice to be in the movie, and his rushed inclusion, not to mention the miscasting of Grace, was a letdown for fans. Neither Venom nor the symbiote itself has appeared in Marvel Studios’ series reboot series thus far, but I’m told both companies have come to the agreement to have the alien outfit attach itself to Parker in the fourth movie.
Originally Marvel Studios wanted it to debut in the Secret Wars film but Sony felt that would take too long; a decade from now Tom Hardy would probably no longer be Venom.
Marvel Studios maps out its films years in advance of even pre-production so development on Spider-Man 4 is in its earliest stages. But one thing remains clear: this is a slightly older, mature Parker, no longer the fresh-faced high school kid.
He has seen death and experienced tremendous loss. Although he will remain a positive figure with a snarky sense of humor, he has grown up, and the situations he will find himself in will be of a more edgy nature. The black costume will reflect that.