Sony Revives Spider-Man Spin-Off "Venom"--Without Spider-Man

Friday, 04 March 2016 - 5:30PM
Spider-Man
Friday, 04 March 2016 - 5:30PM
Sony Revives Spider-Man Spin-Off "Venom"--Without Spider-Man
After the Amazing Spider-Man series was thrown out and the character was re-cast and added to the Marvel cinematic universe, the Venom and Sinister Six projects were both rumored to be dead. But it was never confirmed, and now Sony has officially announced that the Venom spin-off is back on, except it's not a spin-off anymore, because it won't involve Spider-Man (what?).

Since the upcoming Spider-Man reboot is technically a joint effort from Marvel and Sony, we assumed that if these films were resuscitated, it would be with Tom Holland's Spider-Man in the mix. But apparently, Sony is trying to use Venom as a Spider-Man replacement instead. THR, who broke the news, claimed that the studio viewed Venom as "a franchise apart from and unrelated to the upcoming Spider-Man movie," and that the Venom solo movie is "meant to not only stand on its own but to also launch its own franchise." 

To be fair, Venom has evolved significantly since his first appearance as a Spider-Man villain, and now is somewhat of an anti-hero in himself. But still, he is primarily associated with the Spider-Man comics and character, and it seems very strange to go forward without involving Spider-Man at all. The character is literally a parasite who used Spider-Man as a host, for god's sake. That's an apt metaphor for this situation if I've ever heard one.

But on the bright side, at least we're almost guaranteed it will be better than the Venom of Spider-Man 3... right??

Venom will be written by Dante Harper, known for his work on Edge of Tomorrow, and executive produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. The film was originally set to be released sometime in 2017, but there's no word on whether that's changed for the new incarnation of the project.
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