The saying often goes that a superhero movie is only as good as it's villain. In that respect, Venom is venturing where few have gone before. As the bad guy has scored his own Spider-Man spinoff movie courtesy of Sony Pictures.
Following the surprise news that DC's Aquaman have pushed back their schedule away from October 5, 2018 - that looks to be the spot that Venom will occupy. 43-year old Los Angeles native Alex Kurtzman will helm the picture as director, following his 2017 reboot of The Mummy. The director also has producing credits on Now You See Me, Now You See Me 2, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness and 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
No Homecoming Link For Spidey's Nemesis
Given the additional reboot of the superhero in the series, it has been confirmed that Venom will have no connection to Tom Holland's rendition of Peter Parker. As the Englishman gears up for his standalone Spider-Man: Homecoming - a title that will open in theaters as of July 7, 2017. Already featuring in Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, the fresh depiction will be the second in quick succession after Tobey McGuire and Andrew Garfield had their respective attempts last decade.
The screenplay of Venom will be written by Dante Harper of Alien: Covenant and Edge of Tomorrow fame. With the rights to the character going through a fair degree of turmoil to reach this point. Drew Goddard's The Sinister Six has been mentioned to feature in what is regarded as a SpiderVerse extension of Marvel. But that was in the framework of an Amazing Spider-Man 2 sequel. A theory that fell on deaf ears after that failure.
There are other spinoffs in the works from the Spider-Man comic book series. Yet there doesn't appear to be an appetite to join them in any meaningful way to the MCU.
Is Life A Venom Spinoff?
After one Reddit user found a short few seconds of footage that was copied between the upcoming space thriller Life and that of Spider-Man 3, some suggested that there is more to the link that just an editing faux pas. The science-fiction installment starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds will open on March 23. And, while it is seemingly of it's own accord, the Columbia Pictures film happens to be owned by Sony and there could be more to it than just a wild fan theory.
The shot in question portrays a number of New York citizens gazing into the sky in shock. This might be the movie that offers an origin to how the alien symbiote came to earth?