Is the Venom movie back from the dead?

It looks like Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff Venom could be back on

Remember the Venom movie that was meant to be happening in 2014, back when Sony was still the only horse in the Spider-Man show? Well that particular project, down to be directed by Alex Kurtzman, of course ended up not happening. However, now that plans for a future Spider-Man movie are very much back in the pipeline, it looks like a Venom movie is back on, at least according to this article from The Hollywood Reporter.

However, this is not to be another addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Rather, Venom is being launched as its own entity entirely, functioning in its own standalone universe. Dante Harper (Edge Of Tomorrow) has been picked for script duties, Palak Patel and Eric Fineman are overseeing, and regular Spider-Man movie-verse overseers Avi Arad (Maleficent) and Matt Tolmach (The Last Soldier) are on board, meaning there will be at least a pair of reassuring guiding hands for this new venture.

In all honesty, we have mixed emotions on that one. While we would have liked to have seen Venom as part of the MCU (done right, and he has the potential to be a truly memorable villain), it would be nice to see something standalone, away from all the problems that having to tie in with the existing continuity brings. Joe Lynch’s brilliant bootleg short movie Truth In Journalism gave a hint at what was possible with the character, and we’d hope to see something similar in a potential Venom movie.

Also, it begs the question of which incarnation they’ll use. Eddie Brock (played by Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3) is the obvious candidate, although they may chose to go in the direction of the Mac ‘Scorpion’ Gargan version – or even Flash Thompson, who has more recently repurposed the symbiote for heroic purposes. Either way, exciting times could be ahead.

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