A Spider-Man spinoff film based on the villainous Venom is getting new life at Sony! Marvel is not slated to be involved.
This could either be REALLY bad or REALLY good, and I haven't decided which yet. The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively revealed that Sony is in the process of producing a Spider-Man spinoff franchise, Venom. Yup, I said franchise, as Sony plans on making multiple films based on the Spider-Man alien villain. The announcement follows news that a deal was inked, allowing Sony to join forces with Marvel to reboot the Spider-Man franchise, starting with Spidey's appearance in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, due out later this year. However, Sony specifies Venom and the new Spider-Man are completely unrelated, with Venom meant to be a standalone film. THR confirms:
Sony has tapped Dante Harper to pen a script for Venom, something that is being envisioned as a franchise apart from and unrelated to the upcoming Spider-Man movie in the works with actor Tom Holland.
Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, stewards of the Spider-Man properties, are producing and overseeing the project.
So what version of Venom will we see in the film? I think we can all agree that it should be nothing like Venom's first appearance in Spider-Man 3, starring Topher Grace and Tobey Maguire.
Venom, or the "Venom Symbiote," was originally created as a supervillain in the Spider-Man comics when he used Spider-Man as his evil host — as Venom needs one to survive — but eventually was transformed into an antihero of sorts in the comics. Venom is noted as one of Marvel's all-time most dangerous villains, and coincidentally its most popular as well. There have been no details released about where the film plans to begin the character, or if the first film will be an origin story, but regardless, it will be followed by sequels to build a franchise.