Spider-Man Spin-off 'Venom' is Now Scheduled For October 2018
While Sony has attempted this in the past to no avail, Venom is slated to get his own movie once again and it's exciting to see. This film has been talked about for years and should finally swing into theaters October 5, 2018. If this date sounds familiar, it's because it is the same date that Aquaman was supposed to hit theaters before Warner Bros. pushed the release date back to December.
Venom's debut is pretty soon given that production hasn't even started. Then again, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing, and they've been behind Spider-Man films since 2002, so we figure they know a thing or two about how to get it done. They'll be joined this time around by Amy Pascal, who produced Spider-Man: Homecoming, Ghostbusters, and The Girl in the Spider's Web (which due out in 2018 as well).
Whether or not Venom will tie into Homecoming is a major question, because Homecoming is co-produced by both Sony and Marvel Studios, who typically make their films in separate universes. So while Spider-Man: Homecoming will be an MCU film (complete with Tony Stark appearance), the new Venom film may do the same, or it could tie back to Amazing Spider-Man 2 (which is very unlikely), or it could be something all its own.
Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner have turned in a draft for the film. The first script was written by Dante Harper (Alien: Covenant) in 2014, but it seems that draft will go unseen as that film was scrapped with the rest of the planned Amazing Spider-Man films.. Pinkner has a leg up in the Spidey universe for working on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, while Rosenberg wrote the Jumanji remake which will be out later this year.
Venom is one of Spider-Man's most notorious villains, known for his signature black suit and unique backstory. Venom, also known as Eddie Brock, got his powers from the venom symbiote, an alien parasite that feeds on the adrenaline and in return gives its hosts spider-like powers, making him the ultimate opponent for Spider-Man. Venom made his first film appearance in Spider-Man 3, where he was played by That '70s Show star Topher Grace.
For now, we wait for casting announcements and cross our fingers it's someone worthy of the title role. But you won't have to wait over a year to witness wall-crawlers in action, because Spider-Man: Homecoming comes out July 7, 2017.