Is Hollywood trying to keep some big secrets? Are fan sites just trying to stir up attention? Either way, these three major rumors are circulating on the web this week:
Is Spider-Man in Venom?
How do you create Venom as a character without Spider-Man? We shall see when Sony’s eponymous Venom hits theaters this fall. Or maybe the villain-turned-antihero’s origins will be the same as in the comics after all. According to filmmaker Jon Schnepp (The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?), who has nothing to do with Venom, mind you, but has his sources:
“Spider-Man is going to be in Venom. For the last couple of months, we’ve been hearing how Sony is keeping it all separated, and Spider-Man is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but every other character that’s in the Spider-Man universe is separate. All I’m saying is that Spider-Man—and I’m talking about Tom Holland’s Spider-Man—is going to be in Venom.”
Schnepp said this during an appearance on Collider’s Movie Talk show, and he sounds certain. Would the appearance confuse audiences, though? Maybe not, and there’s no reason such a crossover would have to complicate matters with Spidey now being in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, any more than Logan has mucked up X-Men movie continuity.
Venom, starring Tom Hardy in the title role, arrives on October 5.
Is Jake Gyllenhaal the Next Batman?
Last fall, rumor was passed around that The Batman writer/director Matt Reeves wants Jake Gyllenhaal for the lead in the standalone DC superhero movie. We’re now hearing Warner Bros. indeed has the Donnie Darko actor in the wings waiting for Ben Affleck’s departure from the role. Revenge of the Fans shares this quote from an anonymous source:
“Gyllenhaal is probably Batman. Affleck is not out of it yet. That’s the thing, he still has a contract. But the studio is sour on him. If Ben rolls, Jake is in. Kind of a weird web. These guys both know they control each other’s destiny.”
The site speculates that Affleck could finish out his contract as Bruce Wayne/Batman in supporting appearances in Suicide Squad 2 and/or Flashpoint. But for Reeves’s Batman-focused feature, Gyllenhaal would don the cowl and suit as the Caped Crusader.
Is Obi-Wan Kenobi in Solo?
Our final item is something that could become a big rumor following the logically minded speculation of Nerdist News that Ewan McGregor could appear in Solo: A Star Wars Story. The actor is possibly reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi for that character’s own future standalone spin-off, but perhaps we’ll first get a tease of that with a cameo appearance this summer.
The theory stems partly from McGregor sporting an Obi-Wan-like beard at awards shows last week and partly from the idea that such an appearance could help lure audiences into what’s been publicly seen as a problem-ridden production. Yes, Nerdist News host Jessica Chobot acknowledges this is still razor-thin guesswork. But she says:
“Either Ewan is performing the most ‘notice me Senpai’ move in the history of films, or something’s up. Solo is having another round of reshoots later this month. The timing of a recent very-Obi-Wan-looking McGregor attempting to get into shape while simultaneously trying to reinsert himself in the Star Wars news cycle could be a sign that we’ll be seeing him make a surprise cameo in the film.”
They offer a suggestion for how Obi-Wan could fit into the story considering he clearly had never met Han Solo before the Mos Eisley scene in the original Star Wars. There’s no indication that Chewbacca hadn’t previously meet the Jedi master — the Wookie even fought alongside Yoda years prior as seen in Revenge of the Sith — and was actually introducing Han to Obi-Wan.
Meanwhile, on the subject of potential Star Wars reprisals, Liam Neeson recently told Yahoo! Movies that he’s interested in returning to the role of Qui-Gonn Jinn in the solo Obi-Wan movie — as a Force ghost, of course. But he says:
“This is the first time I’m hearing of this. No one’s been in touch with me. I know in the Star Wars world anything is possible.”
“In the first one, The Phantom Menace, I died. But we know, you know, Jedis come back and stuff, but no one’s been in touch. We’ll see.”
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens May 25. The Obi-Wan movie is expected to begin shooting in January 2019, presumably for a 2020 release.