Spider-Man Spinoff Venom Moving Forward Again at Sony
ony’s new plan for Venom, announced today by THR, is apparently a solo feature set to be written by Edge of Tomorrow screenwriter Dante Harper. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach (formerly the guiding hands of the central Spider-Man franchise at the studio) are reportedly behind the new project – which is being called “a franchise apart from and unrelated to” the continuity of the new Marvel Cinematic Universe-adjacent Spider-Man series.
That “unrelated” part is sure to raise eyebrows among Venom fans and the broader Spider-Man/Marvel fandom alike, as the characters would largely appear to be inseparable. And yet, that may be the point: A movie where Venom recognizably exists as a character, but without any Spider-Man connections would allow Tolmach and Arad a Spidey look-a-like franchise that they can develop on their own without having to involve the studio’s bigger crossover dealings with Disney and the MCU. It’s also likely that the project has been energized by the stunning success of Deadpool seeming to have proved a public appetite for darker stories about more aggressive figures in the superhero canon.
If the new Sony series does in fact divorce Venom completely from Spider-Man, it may mean they’ll need to find a new origin and identity for the character. Traditionally, the first Venom was Eddie Brock, a rival Daily Bugle reporter to Peter Parker, while figures such as Mac Gargan (previously The Scorpion) and injured veteran Flash Thompson have taken up the mantle since — with Thompson opting to use the symbiote powers (mostly) for good. Thus far, there’s no indication which direction the new franchise will take, if and when it comes to fruition.