Venom solo movie is back on, it’s even got a release date

The Spider-Man villain is getting his own movie, and soon

We’d pretty much assumed that the plans for the extended Spider-Man universe had been put on hold with the new Marvel-Sony deal, but at least one of the planned movies is back on.

Variety reports that a release date has been set for the solo Venom movie: 5 October 2018. Yes indeed, the alien symbiote will be appearing on screen for the first time since it partnered with Topher Grace in 2007’s Spider-Man 3.

There is no director as of yet, which is slightly worrying, but writers have been assigned. Veterans Scott Rosenberg (Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead, Con Air, the upcoming Jumanji) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Fringe, The Dark Tower) have been brought on to write the movie, and there’s no word about what happened to previous writer Dante Harper’s script.

Venom is a fan-favourite villain in some Spider-Man circles, but his addition to Sam Raimi’s Spidey sequel was definitely a point of contention, with the filmmaker reluctantly adding the character alongside Sandman and Green Goblin. Yep, there was a lot going on in that film. Maybe a solo movie could make better use of him.

As for the Sinister Six movie that was planned, we’re assuming that’s been put back on the shelf permanently. Still, we’re just a few months away from Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming, and we cannot wait.

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