Just about a year ago we reported that Sony had revived plans to bring iconic villain Venom back to the screen for his own brand new movie, perhaps his own franchise, but we hadn’t heard a peep about that project throughout the course of the past year. Today brings some really good news, however, as the silence has been broken.
Out of nowhere, Sony has dated Venom for release. The Spider-Man spinoff film will hit theaters on October 5, 2018. Just in time for Halloween! Seems fitting, does it not?
It’s being reported that Alex Kurtzman (The Mummy) will direct, but we can confirm that this is not the case. At the moment, a director is not yet attached to the project.
Last we heard, Dante Harper (Edge of Tomorrow) had been hired to pen the film’s script, which will reportedly not be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; nor will it be connected, we’ve heard, to the Tom Holland-starring Spider-Man films. We’re thinking/hoping Venom may even be an R-rated affair, the project’s revival no doubt inspired by the success of Deadpool and Logan.
Venom was introduced in 1988 in “The Amazing Spider-Man” #298-300, scripted by David Michelinie and drawn by the legendary Todd McFarlane and Mike Zeck.
The character is an alien symbiote that needs a human host to survive. In return, the alien empowers its victim with incredible powers.