Which Spidey villain will get his own movie with the Chronicle guy directing?

Now that they've got their Amazing Spider-Man reboot up and running (and hitting theaters this summer), Sony is looking to expand on their little corner of the Marvel Universe, and they're giving one of the webslinger's Big Bads—one whose already been on the big screen—a shot at solo glory.

The L.A. Times is reporting that Sony's gung-ho on making a Venom movie—one of the 82 villains that poor Sam Raimi stuffed into Spider-Man 3—and they're in discussions with Chronicle director John Trank to call the shots.

This isn't the first time that Sony's tried to extend the Spidey franchise with Venom: They hired Zombieland's Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to craft a script, and then they gave it to Pleasantville director Gary Ross to write and direct.

Will it come together? Who knows? But it's an interesting reminder of how Marvel's non-Avengers characters are scattered all over Hollywood: Spider-Man and Ghost Rider at Sony; the X-Men, Daredevil and the Fantastic Four at Fox; the Punisher loitering at Lionsgate; and poor Blade forgotten at Warner Bros.

If Marvel could get their house in order ... oh, man. Could you imagine an X-Men vs. Avengers movie?

(via Total Film)

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