Sony is spinning a new web around Venom!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has hired Dante Harper (Edge of Tomorrow) to write a new script for a Venom spinoff that's said to be completely unrelated to the new Spider-Man movie currently in the works at Sony, and starring Tom Holland.
As you guys already know, Holland will make his first appearance as the web-crawler in Captain America: Civil War thanks to that awesome inter-studio deal between Marvel and Sony! Producing and overseeing the potential Venom movie franchise are longtime Spider-Man producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.
A Venom spinoff had been in the works for years, but everything was put on hold following the utter disaster that was Amazing Spider-Man 2. Gary Ross and Josh Trank were among the directors tapped at one point or another to helm the movie, with Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (aka the guys who wrote Deadpool) and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci penning various versions of the film.
Introduced back in 1988, Venom was a Spider-Man villain created by writer David Michelinie and artists Todd McFarlane and Mike Zeck. He is an alien symbiote that needs a human host to survive, and in return the alien gives its host incredible powers. A longtime villain, Venom has now become something of an antihero. He is currently paired with Flash Thompson, who started out as a Peter Parker's high-school bully before becoming one of his BFFs and then a government agent.
It’s as-of-yet unclear which version of the character Sony will be using, but I’m guessing they’ll go with the current Flash Thompson incarnation. I also have to say I’m slightly disappointed that the Venom movie will have nothing to do with the new Spider-Man film set to hit theaters on July 7, 2017. Does that mean we’ll never get to see Holland's Peter Parker cross over to what the studio hopes will be a new hit franchise for them? What do you think?