Sony is yet again rebooting their precious Spider-Man franchise next year with a solo film with a new Spider-Man played by Tom Holland (In The Heart Of The Sea) who will be introduced in this year's Captain America: Civil War.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Sony are planning to spin-off from that central franchise with a solo Venom outing which will eventually lead off into it's own franchise separate from Spider-Man.
Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach who oversee the Spider-Man property will also oversee and produce this spin off which will be written by Dante Harper. Harper worked on the re-write for Doug Liman's Edge Of Tomorrow.
Venom is the most popular of Spider-Man's villains and one that fans are demanding get a comic accurate portrayal in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. Of course, the character got his first on screen appearance back in 2007 in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 played by Topher Grace and received poor fan reaction. The character is Eddie Brock, a man whose life is transformed when an alien symbiote, which requires a host to survive, attaches itself to him and empowers him with incredible abilities.
For the majority of Venom's life, he has been a villain but in the more recent comic incarnation, Venom has actually been transformed into an antihero of sorts. The character is no longer Eddie Brock and instead high school bully Flash Thompson. Thompson bullied Peter Parker in high school but eventually became his friend, and then operated as a government agent.
It has not been said which incarnation of Venom Sony is going to adapt but I wouldn't be surprised if they go the Flash Thompson route and turn Venom into an antihero. As we know, antihero's are currently in fashion with Deadpool killing at the box office for 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. creating a great deal of anticipation for their upcoming Suicide Squad. It's not improbable that Sony would like to start their own antihero centric franchise.