Sony Confirms That It’s Making a Venom Movie
Talk about coming out from left field. Sony has announced that it will release a Venom movie on October 5, 2018. This announcement comes right after Warner Bros. announced that they’re moving Aquaman from October 5 to December 18, 2018. (I just now realized that WB is going to have to compete with Disney with their upcoming Han Solo film.)
This took everyone by surprise considering no one has heard a single peep about making a movie centered around one of Spider-Man’s most formidable foes from outer space. I mean, it was considered at some point a few years ago, and again when writer Dante Harper said he was working on a script that would reintroduce the character and put him in his own movie franchise. But then it apparently spirited away from our minds.
It doesn’t seem that this will be a Sony & Marvel Entertainment co-production since it was only the former who made the announcement. It makes sense. Spider-Man is currently on loan with Marvel. Venom would be the next best thing to not only keep the Spidey franchise alive, but also to give fans a gritty, violent anti-hero movie that’s en vogue right now.
If you’re not too familiar with Venom’s fate after his famous showdown with Spider-Man, a 2011 standalone comic series sees the symbiote bond with Peter Parker’s former high school classmate, Flash Thompson. As the new Venom, Flash uses his abilities to go on black ops missions for the government. Flash is only allowed to wear the Venom suit for 48 hours to prevent permanent bonding with the symbiote. As an added precaution, Flash’s superiors also added a “kill switch” in case Venom gets out of control. In more recent storylines, the Venom Symbiote returns to villainy after it separates from Flash (for some reason).
Flash Thompson is the more likely option. Either way, Sony has options. The biggest question, however, is how they’ll introduce Venom without the iconic storyline about Spider-Man and his black symbiote suit.
According to The Hollywood Reporter writers Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner worked on the most recent draft of the script (working off of Harper’s work), and there’s no director officially attached to the project yet.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter