EXCLUSIVE: Sam Raimi Addresses ‘Spider-Man 4′ And ‘Venom’ Movie Connections

We might know who the villains are in “Spider-Man 4″ or whether Sam Raimi will be back for “Spider-Man 5″ and “Spider-Man 6,” but when it comes to the connection between the “Spider-Man” franchise and a potential “Venom” movie, well…

Okay, Raimi couldn’t give us much on that question, either.

But we did ask the celebrated director about how the two universes will connect, if at all, when Spider-Man’s black-clad nemesis swings off into his own solo movie.

“It hasn’t come up to me,” Raimi told MTV News when asked if the two characters will share a movie universe after Venom’s introduction in “Spider-Man 3.”

“I think that the studio is just letting me work with the writers and trying to make the best stories possible for this universe,” he added. “I don’t know if Venom is a separate universe or not.”

News has been flying around regarding the proposed “Venom” solo movie lately, with writer Gary Ross first being tagged to rewrite and possibly direct the film, only to have his participation called into question when he was tapped to replace Steven Spielberg as the director “Matt Helm.”

Furthermore, there are still a lot of questions regarding the tone of a “Venom” movie, given the character’s less-than-heroic introduction in the last “Spider-Man” movie. The comic book character got around it his own evil origins, sureā€”but is the world ready for a “Venom: Lethal Enforcer” adaptation? Various reports had the plot of the film focusing on Venom as a “protector of the innocent,” so there’s no telling what sort of plans Hollywood has for the sinister symbiote.

And now it looks like Raimi, the current architect of Spider-Man’s movie universe, isn’t privy to those plans, either.

What sort of “Venom” movie would you like to see? Should teh “Spider-Man” and “Venom” movie universes connect? Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!