Venom infects Andrew Garfield in an Amazing Spider-Man 3 fan poster. The first time fans were fully introduced to the Venom they know and love was in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man #300 comic back in 1988. The sentient black costume/ alien symbiote was then bonded with disgraced newspaper journalist Eddie Brock, after being abandoned by Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man. Venom would go on to become one of Marvel’s most famous villains/ anti-heroes.
The inaugural cinematic version of Venom came in Topher Grace’s portrayal of the character in the Tobey Maguire lead Spider-Man 3 in 2007, and then most recently by Tom Hardy in Venom’s 2018 self-titled feature. The upcoming sequel, Venom: Let there be Carnage, is rumored to potentially integrate the MCU’s latest Tom Holland Spider-Man and Venom into a shared universe. That leaves Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield, as Spidey’s sole iteration not to receive a third film in the franchise and never feature the black suit.
Courtesy of Instagram user erathrim20, fans get a look at a movie poster vision of what The Amazing Spider-Man could have looked like had it gained a second sequel. Garfield’s Spider-Man’s mid-transformation into the Venom symbiote is beautifully rendered with the extraterrestrial black material oozing and engulfing Spidey’s iconic red outfit. Peter Parker stands transfixed, almost not knowing whether to reject or embrace it. Check it out below:
Jamie Foxx was recently announced to be joining the 3rd Spider-Man: Homecoming film as Electro, returning as the villain he first portrayed in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014. News of this casting has likely sparked Garfield fans imagining what one more movie featuring his Amazing Spider-Man could have entailed. The end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 heavily teased and setup grounds for a battle with Spider-Man’s longtime foes The Sinister Six in the next film. Severely outnumbered and drastically overpowered, introducing the web-slinger to the black Venom suit could have been the difference-maker to even those odds.
Garfield is often excluded from the eternal debate over who had the best film portrayal of the wall-crawler, with Maguire and Holland being the only participants in what seems to be a 2-man race. This could be chalked up to the prevailing notion that Garfield’s Peter Parker never properly reflected the character’s original image from the comics. Skateboarding and playing basketball, the hero’s alter-ego in The Amazing Spider-Man was a little “too cool,” which didn’t suit traditionalists’ expectations. However, that hasn’t stopped Garfield diehards from continuing to enjoy imaginings of what other suits he could fill.