This year’s Sony Pictures panel featured Marvel mayhem, and not just in the fictional sense. Things got off to a dramatic and rocky start when it was announced early Friday morning that James Gunn, writer of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Volumes 1 & 2, was fired by Disney after some old tweets from Gunn were deemed offensive and against the values of the corporation.
Gunn was set to attend San Diego Comic Con and the Sony Pictures panel on Friday evening to talk about a new upcoming project, but his appearance was quickly canceled.
But the show continued on without him, and the focus was kept on two well known Marvel projects: Venom and the new animated Marvel film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Spider-Verse features an adult Peter Parker and a new Spider-Man named Miles Morales. The panel confirmed that the film will have a large focus on Miles’ family. The movie also marks the screen debut of many other Spider-Man characters, including Spider-Gwen, voiced by Hailee Steinfeld. Spider-Verse hits theaters December 14.
Part two of the panel was Venom (opening October 5) starring Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, and Michelle Williams.
There wasn’t much we didn’t already know about this film as we are so close to the release date, but director Ruben Fleischer did hint at the inclusion of several other villains, like RIOT and Carnage.