It had been rumored for some time, but now it’s official: Venom is coming to the silver screen.
Sony has reportedly hired Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner (the Jumanji remake) to write the script, while no director is attached at present.
This may be good news, but it could be really terrible news. Marvel.com is not reporting anything on this development, which makes me think that Sony is doing this film apart from their deal with Marvel Studios and without the blessing and creative direction of Kevin Feige and the Marvel people that make good movies with Marvel’s characters.
I’ll be honest, I’ll be pissed if this is the case. Fans don’t want a half-assed, thrown together Venom movie, and we don’t want Spidey’s greatest hero taking place outside the MCU. While I can’t speak for all fans, I’ve been hoping that a Maximum Carnage movie may take the main stage in a post-Thanos Avengers event.
We’ll keep our fingers crossed that this all works out. After all, there may be a reason that we still don’t know the character that Donald Glover is playing in Spider-Man Homecoming. Could he be a race-swapped Eddie Brock? Or even Mac Gargan? Or someone else that once held the Venom mantle?
With Avengers: Infinity War hitting theaters in May of 2018, and Venom following a few months later, could Thanos or the Guardians bring the symbiote to Earth. Could we see a Venom without first seeing the Black Suit Spider-Man? It’s possible. It wouldn’t be the worst thing to happen to the character.
The worst thing to happen would be Sony making this movie on their own, without Marvel’s input and consensus.
Hopefully this news will clarify in the coming days. I have even tweeted Mr. Feige to see if he can save my faith in the project. We’ll see if he responds.
While it had previously been announced that Alex Kurtzman (The Mummy remake) would direct, the following Tweet made that go away:
Venom movie will swing into theaters October 5, 2018.