While certain Marvel-owned characters are currently breaking the bank worldwide with 'The Avengers,' the rights to Spider-Man and his family of characters are still owned by Sony. You probably know that 'The Amazing Spider-Man' is coming up in a few weeks, but what's next? How about that oft-rumored 'Venom' movie, which is apparently going to spin directly out of the world and events of 'The Amazing Spider-Man.'

Matt Patches from Hollywood.com got the scoop during an interview with 'Spider-Man' producers Avi Arad and Matthew Tolmach. The duo hinted that 'Venom' and 'The Amazing Spider-Man' would be closely connected and that "hopefully all these worlds will live together in peace someday" and that we should "Look for the worlds to make sense with one another" when all is said and done.

Is that a suggestion that they want Spidey and company to join the post-'Avengers' Marvel movie universe or confirmation that all of Sony's Marvel-related properties will exist in the same world? Probably the latter, but we'll hope for the former.

Arad and Tolmach also spoke a little about the details of the 'Venom' movie, which will follow Spider-Man villain/antihero Eddie Brock (who previously appeared in the much maligned 'Spider-Man 3,' but this is a total reboot, after all). Arad explained how 'Venom's the story will tie into the hard science that will be established in 'The Amazing Spider-Man':

"It's an Eddie Brock story...We want to be as close to the comics as possible. Especially in Eddie Brock's story. But again, pseudo-sceince is becoming science. All these tidbits about webs, artificial webs, is a huge industry now. Spiderwebs have unique qualities that will be huge for communications, fibers, and so forth. So we have taken the approach that we want to make the huge amazing movie about Eddie."

Right now, we're not entirely sure how they'll transform the inherently villainous character into the hero of a summer blockbuster. In the curent 'Venom' comic, the character has become a government commando, so it's entirely possible to make him heroic. However, that will have to be figured out by 'Chronicle' director Josh Trank, who has been tapped to direct.