In an interview between Mike Morello and Donny Cates in November 2018, Cates said this: “If the first one was adapting ‘Lethal Protector’ and ‘Planet of the Symbiotes’ and the second one is ‘Maximum Carnage,’ you’ve kind of run out of classic Venom stories to tell. So, Stegman and I are real fingers crossed that the third one will have some Knull and some dark shit in it”.
In this interview, Cates hopes that the Venom series he wrote in 2018 will be used for the third Venom movie. Cates’ rise to fame in the industry is notable. He has revitalized Marvel series in the likes of Thor, Venom, and Silver Surfer. He is not Kevin Feige, but we have to believe he has an influence on what Marvel and Sony want to introduce in the MCU.
The writing in his Venom series in 2018 is game-changing. He introduced new characters such as Dylan Brock and Knull. For this article, let’s focus on Knull. Cates is hoping that Venom 3 is based on the Knull origin story. Knull is known as the symbiote god. Knull has the ability of symbiote creation and domination. Both Venom and Carnage are alien symbiotes. Knull has the ability to control symbiotes such as Carnage. We know Carnage will be introduced in Venom 2. So an alien symbiote origin story featuring Knull is a possible storyline for Venom 3. Another possible idea is a Knull spinoff movie once Venom 3 ends. Meaning, that Venom 3 could be the possible confrontation between Spider-man and Venom. So the Knull spin-off movie would be a prequel origin story.
Part of Knull’s origin story traces back to the Celestials. If that word sounds familiar, it should. The Celestials created two races for the earth: Eternals and Deviants. If you do not know already, Marvel is releasing an Eternals movie based on their origin story for November 6, 2020. One of Knull’s ambitions is to kill all Celestial beings. So a possible cameo on Knull could appear in the upcoming Eternals movie. A scene from this movie could show Knull fighting a Celestial.
It is important to know Knull’s first appearance is in Venom #3 (2018). The first print to grab is always a safe bet. The third print, which features a cover appearance, is also a good buy.
Knull has very good long-term hold. The reason is his story connects to many Marvel characters. His story connects to characters such as Venom, Eternals, Thor, Silver Surfer, and Gorr, the God Butcher(Thor: Love and Thunder?). In addition, I would advise grabbing Venom #4 (2018). Issue four goes into detail of the origin of Knull and Knowhere. To me, it is an undervalued comic to hold.
The idea of a Venom-Verse does not sound too far-fetched. It can only work if Knull is introduced in the movie. Ideally, his origin story connects to the symbiotes you know and love. Meaning, spin-off movies of symbiotes Carnage, Anti-Venom, and Sleeper could be made. Sleeper connects to Dylan Brock, the son of Eddie Brock (Venom), so the possibilities are really endless!