Venom Spin-Off Coming 2018
By Jaclyn Cascio (@jaclynator)
Spider-Man: Homecoming might be the next big Marvel thing everyone is waiting for, but Sony Pictures has made a surprise move in announcing a Venom spin-off movie, complete with a release date!
Introduced in “The Amazing Spider-Man” in 1988 by writer David Michelinie and artists Todd McFarlane and Mike Zeck, Venom is a symbiote who requires a human host, but in turn imbues the host with incredible powers. (Remember Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3? Yeah, like that). Initially introduced in the comic books as a villain, Venom has evolved to even act as a bit of an antihero in some cases. What iteration might we see in the announced film? Will Venom even interact with the MCU Spider-Man (with a solo film this summer)? We will have to wait for further details.
A Venom film was rumored to be in development back in 2008, but, like Sinister Six, it did not come to fruition. However, it looks like Sony is ready to get back on the band wagon, along with Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach who are set to produce and oversee the film. Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) are writing the script for the spin-off event. Alex Kurtzman was believed to be helming the project as director, but that has proven to be untrue. (It could be he is still working on a little CBS All Access show called Star Trek Discovery, which is expected to premiere this year.) The project is currently without a director, however it has taken the release date Aquaman recently vacated, and is slated to premiere on October 5, 2018.
Check back in with us when more developments about the project arise!