Back in the 1980s, #Marvel decided it was time for Peter Parker to have a change of costume. What nobody expected at the time, though, was for the new #SpiderMan costume to take on a life of its own — the famous 'black suit' soon became a symbiote, and was swiftly rejected by Spider-Man. Furious and enraged, the symbiote bonded with a new host, disgruntled reporter Eddie Brock, and soon comic book readers were thrilling as Spider-Man took on a whole new enemy: Venom.
Now, with Marvel and Sony working together, Venom is about to star in his own solo film. Scheduled for release October 5th, 2018, the movie's been officially classified as "action / horror / sci-fi." Most fans are expecting this to be an R-rated blockbuster that's unlike anything we've yet seen in the #MCU. Avi Arad, Amy Pascal and Matthew Tolmach are signed up as Producers, while the film's being directed by Ruben Fleischer. Production's recently been delayed until October 23rd 2017, with the film set for release on October 5, 2018.
The Cast And Characters Of Venom
Taking center-stage in Venom is Tom Hardy, no stranger to superhero adaptations — he played the part of Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, and was briefly attached to Suicide Squad as Rick Flagg. He's confirmed to be playing Eddie Brock, the classic Venom host, a twist that suggests the Daily Bugle will play a major role in the movie.
There are reports that the villain will be Marvel's greatest psychopath, the mass-murderer known as Carnage. In the comics, Eddie Brock's symbiote spawned during a jailbreak, and its 'child' bonded with serial-killer Cletus Kasady, creating Carnage. We don't yet know who'll be taking on this major role, but the plot is sure to be dark and bloody, and will likely have a disturbing psychological edge. Many fans believe it will be inspired by the popular 'Maximum Carnage' arc over in the comics.
How Venom Ties In To The Marvel Cinematic Universe
A ground-breaking deal between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures has brought Spider-Man back into the MCU, with Tom Holland taking on the iconic role of the wondrous web-slinger. At the same time, though, Sony understand that the Spider-Man brand is bigger than just the webhead; his Rogues' Gallery is one of the best-developed in comics. As a result, Venom is just the first movie Sony's working on; they plan to build a villain-centric universe out of Spider-Man villains. So far, they've announced Silver & Black (featuring Silver Sable and Black Cat), and there are reports that movies featuring Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio are in the works.
There's been a lot of confusion over how these films relate to the MCU. Producer Amy Pascal has revealed that these films will be part of the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe. She described them as "adjuncts," narrative arcs that aren't part of the core story but still take place in the same shared universe. A week later, however, Pascal and Marvel visionary #KevinFeige publicly retracted these comments, claiming Pascal had simply been misunderstood.
Right now, fans are pretty divided over Venom. This isn't the first time Sony has tried to adapt the character for the big screen, with a disappointing version appearing in 2004's Spider-Man 3. At the same time, though, there's no way the characters of Venom and Carnage would suit the PG-13 Marvel movies, and they'd demand too much CGI to be done well over in the TV shows. Sony's Venom definitely looks like the best chance we'll get at seeing that slavering tongue in the box office once again. We'll just have to see whether or not Sony can regain fans' confidence.