When superhero movies get played out, it becomes time for villain spin-offs. And with that in mind, The Hollywood Reporter revealed the release date for Venom, a film that should give us an in-depth look at Spider-Man's nemesis. Columbia Pictures shared that the super-villain spin-off is set for release on Oct. 5, 2018, which bumps their other film, The Girl in the Spider's Web (a sequel to Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) to an Oct. 19 release date. Bumping of another highly anticipated film aside, it's certainly going to be exciting to get more of a look at Venom, a character who appeared as one of the villains in Spider-Man 3 and was played by Topher Grace.
While the film has no director yet, it does have a script, according to THR. The latest draft comes from entertainment industry veterans Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. While this is Rosenberg's first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pinker worked on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, along with producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, who are also on board for Venom. It's good to know that whoever takes over the new film will have a deep understanding of the Spider-Man mythology. If there are going to be a zillion versions of Spider-Man stories, the creators might as well have a solid grasp of the concept.
The character of Venom has been a Marvel staple since his creation by writer David Michelinie and artists Todd McFarlane and Mike Zeck in 1988. The creature is a Symbiote, an amorphous sentient alien parasite with an oily form that looks as gooey as Nickelodeon's Slime. This Symbiote needs to bond with a host to survive, and with that bonding, becomes Venom. With the merger, the Symbiote will enhance the host's powers, while also bringing out his or her darker side. In the MCU, the Symbiote has merged with everyone from Spider-Man to Deadpool to Peter's Parker's workplace nemesis, Eddie Brock. The creature ends up becoming one of Spidey's greatest enemies. Not bad for someone that can't survive on its own.
This new look into Venom's life (if that's what you call the existence of a parasite) will certainly be interesting. Will we see a good side of this creature? Will he be bouncing from form-to-form, or are we mostly going to see him bonded with Eddie Brock?
With a set premiere date, it seems we'll have more news about Venom, the Symbiote, and maybe even Spider-Man. Stay tuned, guys!