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Sony’s ‘Venom’ Dated for 2018 Release; Here’s What We Know

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.



  • Leonardo Pedroza

    A director was just announced, Alex Kurtzman from The Mummy reboot.

    • Orwellianson

      Read it again, dingus- “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.”

      • Leonardo Pedroza

        Wasn’t there the first time i read the article.

  • Morgothik

    I wonder if they will be working with Marvel for a potential Spider-man meeting.

  • A more or less stand-alone, more mature movie could work perfectly.

  • Rainn Summerz

    Can you make a Venom movie without having a Spider-Man within that universe?

    • The One and Only

      Back in the mid-Nineties, New Line Cinema had the rights to make a VENOM flick, san Spider-Man. Whose rights as some may remember were still tied up between the failing Carolco, and MGM at that point. David Goyer who was also working on BLADE as well, not to mention the David Hasselhoff NICK FURY:AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. teleflick for FOX. Details on the story are scant ,except that Spider-Man was not involved, Eddie Brock was wearing the symbiote, and Carnage was the bad guy in feature.

    • jackstark211

      Yes you can. He has many storylines that are stand alone without spiderman.

  • Joe Sandlin

    anyone but topher grace!!! jeez

  • Blade4693

    Yeah I have heard this before lol like I mean back before the Garfield reboot of Spiderman there was another rumored Venom movie going to me made….it never happened.

    I hope this one does though. I am not really a huge comic/Marvel fan but I always liked Venom and Carnage growing up.

    • John Connor

      They wanted to make a Venom film that would spinoff from Spider-Man 3.
      Then they wanted to a make a Venom film that would spinoff from The Amazing Spider-Man 3.
      Now they want to make a Venom film that would supposedly be separate from any existing Spider-Man universe, but we know that’s total bullshit.

  • Chance LeBoeuf

    I’m a die-hard Spider-Man fan, but we really don’t need a movie about Venom and or Carnage. I don’t hate them, but they are really not all that great especially compared to other Spidey villains. They are practically the epitome of what was wrong with 90s comics.

    And the fact that this won’t even connect to the now ever expanding Spider-Man corner of the MCU makes it even more pointless. It just sounds like a very typical corporate response to the success of films like Deadpool and Logan with Sony just wanting to get in on that darker superhero club.


      you’re fucking kidding, right?!

    • suffering

      you….are….. kidding…..VENOM AND MOTHER FUCKING CARNAGE WHO ARE TWO ICONIC SPIDERMAN NEMESIS….are not that great? i don’t know what are you smoking but….
      i don’t want that XD

    • Meatwad

      ‘Venom and Carnage are not that great?’ WOW. No way man,… no way. Your wrong.

    • jackstark211


    • Corey

      Yeah, well ya know, uh, that’s just like your opinion man.

  • Meatwad

    I don’t like this. Venom with no Spiderman? Count me out. This damn movie will crush any future hopes of hashing out the ‘real’ Eddie Brock/Venom.

    Don’t quote me, but I thought I read some where the MCU was considering bringing out the Secret War story line after Infinity War. If so, that would lead to Spidey’s black costume, then Venom. Maybe the wait is to long for them. Boycott.

    • jackstark211

      Fuck Spiderman. Venom can stand on his own.

      • Meatwad

        Fuck your ‘stand alone’ Venom!

        Without Spiderman there is no Venom.

  • zombie84_41

    Make it R and we got a deal. No R no deal. @#@

  • Jada Maes

    Not that it’s likely, but it’d be cool if they did something like the short film “Truth In Journalism.” It actually shows how frightening Venom would be if you encountered him for real.

    It’ll probably be based closer to Agent Venom now. We shall see.

  • Wil McMullen

    Sounds interesting. I’d be slightly more excited if they decide to go for an R rating. Probably wishful thinking….

  • Bla Blah

    In what continuity will this exist? The Andrew Garfield one? Or stand alone?

    • huntermc

      Maybe they’ll go back to the Toby Maguire timeline, and bring back Topher Grace as Venom! (said nobody, ever)

  • Jeremie Jayzik

    I’m very hyped for this Venom standalone but the comic book/comic movie community is just going to haggle the fuck out of Sony with questions, kind of deservedly so. If this isn’t part of the MCU is it part of the Andrew Garfield universe? If they claim it’s also not part of the Garfield universe, then that just means there’s another version of Spider-Man out there that nobody knows anything about. I say Sony/Disney should just suck it up and let it be part of the MCU; that doesn’t mean the movie is obligated to tie into the whole Avengers event or any other thing Disney plans on releasing.

    • Ricky Ortiz

      I completely agree.

  • Orwellianson

    If they adapted the Lethal Protector storyline; it would be an interesting take for the prospective film franchise I think.

    • jackstark211

      Love that comic. Still have most the old Venom.


    Something with Venom, like the Punisher in The Daredevil, that’d be awesome.

  • Darth_Siskel

    This is stupid.
    So how are you going to explain the alien symbiote mimicking Spider-Man’s costume & powers WITHOUT SPIDER-MAN?
    Where’s Eddie Brock gonna work, if it can’t be a The Daily Bugle?
    And by separating him from the MCU you’re also depriving future Marvel movies from using certain characters

    • jackstark211

      Venom has so many story-lines that do not involve spider-man. I can see a number of ways they can do this. I really hope that Spidy has nothing to do with this film.

    • Carlton Fisher

      They don’t have to completely disregard Spider-Man for this, I don’t think. SONY still has a hand in the MCU Spider-Man films, which means they still hold the rights to the Spidey-verse and characters, as far as I know. While I don’t think they can build on plot threads that are part of the MCU without Marvel’s direct cooperation, I think they can still reference the existence of Spider-Man and have the Daily Bugle, etc. be a part of it.

  • aModernMyth

    I think with the success of Deadpool and Logan the studios know that going for an R rated film can still bring success. I REALLY hope they do this character justice and bring it to life in the correct way. That being said, a separate Venom storyline is the only way to go in my opinion.

  • jackstark211

    Venom is one of my favorite comic characters. Anti-hero to the max. I hope they don’t screw this up.

  • Brandon Lee Kachnycz

    One step closer to a Carnage film.

  • Corey

    Sounds awesome. Though Venom without Spiderman is pretty much just Spawn without all the hell and demonic stuff…not that there is anything wrong with that.

  • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

    Looks like the monster in the Rutger Hauer flick Split Second.

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