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Well, this is unexpected. Sony Pictures has randomly announced a Spider-Man spin-off film focusing on the villain Venom for an Oct 2018 release. Umm, wut, lol? 

As the history goes, Sony made a trilogy of Spider-Man movies with Sam Raimi starring Toby Mcguire. That series of films ended with Spider-Man 3, which featured the very first live-action version of Venom played by Topher Grace. So bad was that movie that it killed the Raimi Spider-Man universe entirely. A year or so later and Sony rebooted Spider-Man, with The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2, starring Andrew Garfield (who, to his credit, played a marvelous Spider-Man). Sony intended for that series to spawn off a “Spider-Man Movie Verse,” where villains and heroes would get their own movies but be all connected much like all the other films by Marvel Studios. Venom, arguably Spider-Man’s most revered villain, was in the mix for a possibly Spin-Off but thanks to the bomb that was The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the franchise was once again dead in Sony’s care. It would take Marvel Studios to negotiate a deal with Sony to resurrect (and give us an AWESOME) Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War and he soon have his own MCU movie Spider-Man: Homecoming.  

Now that Spider-Man is hot once again, some fans wondered if that Venom solo movie would ever be revived as well.  After all, with all the MCU galactic storylines on the horizon (and also for the fact that in the comics much of the history surrounding the Venom Symbiote, the Klyntar was revealed via the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book), we might get a Venom movie.  It looks like we finally have our answer:

Exhibitor Relations just send out a tweet that Alex Kurtzman, who wrote Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be at the helm of a Venom spin-off.

Venom is an alien, a gooey black mass is a member of the alien race, the Klyntar that requires a host to bond with in order to survive. It is a sentient being, and once it inhabits a host, it takes over, endowing its host with superhuman powers such as shapeshifting.  In its current incarnation, well, let’s just say he’s jumped from host to host and Marvel continuity is hard to explain.  The most popular host was Eddie Brock, a journalist who was a rival of Peter Parker at the Daily Bugle until fired and blamed Parker/Spider-Man. Venom originally appeared as a supervillain, but has since become a sort of anti-hero, even teaming up with Spider-Man on occasion to help stop more powerful foes, like his offspring Carnage.

Umm.. Spoke too soon.  Since we started writing the news has changed.  Now Kurtzman is out.  Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner are leading the charge.  See how fast news goes!

There is also a working fan theory that the events of the upcoming movie Life might be somewhat connected to Venom.  Thanks to the folks over at Reddit, many believe the upcoming sci-fi horror film is a backdoor origin story for the Venom Symbiote.  Some of the b-roll footage from Spider-Man 3 was reused for the upcoming film, so maybe, right?

No word yet if the Venom movie will connect to the MCU, or stand as a “Sony Only” project.  The film is expected to hit theaters October 5, 2018.

Sources: Comicbook Movie, SlashfilmMovieweb, and Twitter

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