It looks as though a ‘Spider-Man’ spin-off is still on the cards…
According to The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Venom’ has been revived by Sony Pictures as the studio works to reboot its ‘Spider-Man’ franchise.
“Now that Sony has set Spider-Man on its rebooted path, the studio is setting its sights on other Spider-Man franchises,” they revealed. “Case in point: Venom.”
But it looks as though the upcoming ‘Venom’ will stand on its own two feet…
“Sony has tapped Dante Harper to pen a script for Venom, something that is being envisioned as a franchise apart from and unrelated to the upcoming Spider-Man movie in the works with actor Tom Holland.”
Dante Harper previously penned the hit Tom Cruise sci-fi movie, ‘Edge of Tomorrow’. But he’s not the only one working on the upcoming ‘Venom’ spin-off, with ‘Spider-Man’ alum Avi Arad returning to the fold.
“Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, among stewards of the Spider-Man properties, are producing and overseeing the project.”
But who is Venom and why should he get a spin-off?
Introduced to the comic books in 1988, Venom was envisioned as a Spider-Man villain and was created by writer David Michelinie and artists Todd McFarlane and Mike Zeck. Venom gains his unique powers when an alien symbiote attaches itself to a human host in order to survive… granting them incredible powers in the process.
Although Venom was originally a villain, he has since appeared as an anti-hero and has even bordered on becoming a good guy. In the current comic book series, Venom has been paired with Flash Thompson – Peter Parker’s rival who is now a close friend and government agent.
But it’s unclear which version of Venom will star in the movie.
“The character made its screen appearance in Spider-Man 3 and was played by Topher Grace. A spin-off has been in development in several incarnations, with Gary Ross and Josh Trank among the director coming and going, and writers such as Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Deadpool) and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci penning versions.”
And this version of Venom will not only stand alone, but also launch its own franchise.
As for who will play him… for now, we’ll have to wait and see.
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