It appears that Sony’s Venom movie is far from dead. Back in 2014, ahead of the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony was deep in development on a series of inter-connected superhero films pulling from their one and only comics source that they own, Spider-Man. The Amazing sequel was to be followed by The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which would then be followed by a big villain-centric Sinister Six to be directed by Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), and then would come Alex Kurtzman’s (Welcome to People) spinoff Venom. But after the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which received rather harsh reviews and the lowest global box office of any Spider-Man movie yet (though $709 million is nothing to scoff at), Sony began to readjust its plans.
Plans for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 were put on hold as Sony looked for other ways to really explode its superhero universe, with ideas ranging from a female-centric Spidey pic to a film focusing on the adventures of Aunt May. Eventually everything came to a grinding halt as Sony forged an unprecedented deal with Marvel Studios to share the character of Spider-Man in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe while starting from scratch with a new reboot, co-produced by Marvel’s Kevin Feige.
So with Tom Holland’s new Spider-Man poised to make his debut in this May’s Captain America: Civil War and a standalone Spider-Man reboot set for release in July 2017, Sony is now moving forward with new franchise plans that are somewhat similar to the old—with one key difference. Per THR, the studio is working on a new Venom movie to be scripted by Dante Harper, revolving around the symbiotic Spider-Man villain. However, Venom will be “unrelated” to the upcoming standalone Spider-Man film, as it appears to be unconnected to the Marvel universe.
Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing Venom, just as they have overseen the Spider-Man feature film franchise since its inception with 2002’s Spider-Man. Their involvement may signal why Venom won’t be connected to the new Spider-Man movies, but no matter—Venom is intended to launch a franchise of its own.
It’s unclear what incarnation of the character will be used here, but one imagines they have to go with at least an anti-hero angle, with the decision to move forward with Venom possibly spurred by the success of Fox’s anti-hero pic Deadpool. Sony has been trying to get a Venom movie off the ground for years, with directors like Josh Trank and Gary Ross previously circling the project. Director Sam Raimi famously (and reluctantly) included the character in Spider-Man 3 at the urging of Arad, and the result was, shall we say, underwhelming.
What do you think, folks? Are you still eager to see a Venom movie, even if it’s unconnected to Spider-Man? What iteration of the character should they use? Who should direct? Sound off in the comments below.