The last time Venom was on the big screen, it was a huge disappointment. Sony is hoping to do the popular Spider-Man villain right with a brand new film coming out next year that won’t feature Spider-Man at all. Next year’s Venom movie isn’t part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is not related to the events in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Ever since Venom first appeared in the late 1980s, the character has been one of Spidey’s most popular adversaries. The character made his big-screen debut in Sam Raimi’s third and final Spider-Man movie, 2007’s Spider-Man 3. Topher Grace played Eddie Brock and Venom.
Eddie Brock was first introduced in Web of Spider-Man #18 in 1986. In 1988, he debuted as Venom in Amazing Spider-Man #299. He was created by writer David Michelinie and artist Todd McFarlane.
Sony has scheduled Venom for release on October 5, 2018.
Here’s what we know so far about the new movie.
1. Tom Hardy Will Play Eddie Brock
Although the film will be out next year, there is currently only one star attached. Tom Hardy, who earned an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in The Revenant and also played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, will star as Eddie Brock. Variety reported the casting in May. He became available after he left J.C. Chandor’s Truple Frontier.
Variety reported that Hardy is a “huge fan” of Venom.
During a press conference for Homecoming, Spider-Man actor Tom Holland praised Hardy and said he’s really excited about the movie.
“It’s very exciting. I think Tom Hardy will really play that character with, you know, a lot of energy, a lot of life. It can be a very cool movie,” Holland said.
2. ‘Zombieland’ Director Ruben Fleischer Was Picked to Direct
Also in May, Sony confirmed that Ruben Fleischer will direct.
Fleischer is best known for directing the 2009 cult comedy Zombieland, but he hasn’t directed a movie since 2013’s Gangster Squad bombed. Since then, he’s been focusing on television, directing episodes of Superstore, Santa Clarita Diet, Marry Me, American Housewife and Tubbin’ With Tash. He is attacked to direct a sequel to Zombieland.
“Well, Ruben is a very talented, ironic, funny guy. He did a great job with Zombieland, so when you think of that mixed with Venom, I think that tells you what it should be,” producer Amy Pascal told Fandom.
In addition to Pascal, Avi Arad is involved in Venom. Arad is a controversial figure to say the least, since he was a driving force behind changes made to Spider-Man 3 and the decision to make the Amazing Spider-Man movies. Matt Tolmach is also producing.
The script was written by Alien: Covenant‘s Dante Harper.
3. Carnage Will Be the Main Villain in ‘Venom’
Since Spider-Man won’t be involved in Venom, there has to be someone for Eddie Brock to fight. That will be Carnage, as The Hollywood Reporter revealed.
Carnage debuted in the early 1990s and was created by David Michelinie and Erik Larsen. The original Carnage was serial killer Cletus Kasady, and was conceived as an even darker version of Venom. Kasady became the host for the offspring of the Venom symbiote.
Kasady met Brock in prison. When the Venom symiote broke Brock out of prison, it left the offspring in the cell. The offspring then bonded with Brock and Carnage was born. The character has fought with Venom several times over the years and once joined the Astonishing Avengers with other villains.
4. ‘Venom’ Is Expected to be Rated R, Like ‘Logan’ & ‘Deadpool’
Now that 20th Century Fox has seen enormous success with the R-rated X-Men movies, Sony is expected to approve an R-rated version of Venom. Collider first reported on the possible R-rating in March.
While this might not feel as much of a gamble after Deadpool and Logan, it still is for the studio since it will launch their own Marvel Universe. Since Spider-Man won’t be a part of these films, Sony isn’t branding it as a “Spider-Verse.” Collider notes that Sony has the rights to 900 Marvel characters with links to Spidey, so they have to use them in some way.
After Venom, Sony will release Silver & Black, which will be directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights). The film features Silver Sable and Black Cat, with a script by Christopher Yost (Thor: Ragnarok) and Lisa Joy (Westowrld). It does not have a release date.
5. There’s No Plans for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man & Tom Hardy’s Venom to Meet on the Big Screen
Holland might want to work with Hardy (who wouldn’t?), but it doesn’t mean we’ll get to see his Spidey fight Venom any time soon.
In a June 13 Facebook video with AlloCiné, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige confirmed that there is “no plan” for Venom to be linked to the MCU. Feige also said that there aren’t plans for an R-rated MCU movie.
Homecoming director Jon Watts also stressed in a March 2017 Fandango interview that Venom has no connection to Homecoming.
“It’s not connected to the Marvel world, so that’s really intriguing… what that will be. I don’t know anything about it,” Watts explained. “It’s not connected, so there’s not that overlap. I’m only focused on my movie right now.”
On June 25, Pascal also told Fandango that Venom isn’t connected to the MCU.