The Spider-Man property is one of Marvel's strongest suits and when Sony scored the rights to that character, they wanted to maximize its potential. By creating a Venom spinoff, they could branch out the features and with Tom Hardy onboard to headline that project, all systems are go.
Yet the fans have been given very little in the way of promotional material or storyline concepts for the upcoming picture. With Michelle Williams in talks to join the movie, Omega Underground have reported on a series of comic books that the studio will use to adapt their title.
Given the absence of Tom Holland's Peter Parker for this adventure, there will be some tweaking required from the screenwriters end.
Venom Is San Fran's Lethal Protector
From what the website indicates, Sony will create their blockbuster inspired by the Venom: Lethal Protector comics. Running during the 1990s, this places Eddie Brock (Hardy) in the role of the hero as he moves from New York City to San Francisco before he is hunted down.
This is the synopsis of the Venom: Lethal Protector series:
"Before the story begins, Venom makes an agreement with Spider-Man that they will leave each other alone, on the condition that Venom commits no crimes. Venom then moves from New York City to San Francisco and takes up with a group of Californian mole people. Shortly thereafter the father of one of Venom's victims seeks him out with a group of super-powered mercenaries to take revenge. Spider-Man, seeing misleading coverage of Venom on television, heads to San Francisco to confront him and instead winds up fighting alongside Venom against five new offspring of the Venom Symbiote: Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher, and Agony."
The glaring issue here is the consistent involvement of Spider-Man - a character who will not be part of this specific franchise. The studio has kept open the chance of Hardy reprising his character for a Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 though.
Sony Land Veep Star For Unspecified Role
It is not an Earth-shattering announcement by any measure, yet the potential acquisition of Veep star Reid Scott is another step in the right direction. According to Variety, the HBO actor is on the cusp of joining Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, and Jenny Slate for the Ruben Fleischer picture should he agree terms with Sony.
The key backroom staff are all but complete with Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner and Kelly Marcel writing the script while Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing the film.
Venom will premiere on October 5, 2018.