There was a time when Sony was willing to push the Spiderman franchise, with much rumoured spin-offs for various characters, one of which was Venom. However, those plans were soon put on hold due to the critical panning and fan backlash that The Amazing Spiderman 2 received. Yet, there is light at the end of the tunnel. It appears as though Sony are willing to roll the dice once again with Dante Harper hired to write a new script.
Venom has long been the subject to speculation, with the Symbiote rumoured to be in more movies and stand alone features than you’ve had hot dinners. However, similar to DC opting to have a more adult theme for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice Blu-ray release due to the incredible success Deadpool has enjoyed at the box office, Sony seem to more than willing to hop on the bandwagon. Of course, the studio may very well tone down the characters violent tendencies, but with Venom becoming more of an anti-hero as opposed a mindless villain, the potential is there for a more sinister approach to a superhero flick.
As of writing there is no director attached and it is planned as a separate entity altogether from Tom Holland’s upcoming Spiderman reboot. Regular Spidey producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are overseeing the project, in the hopes it can reverse the god awful taste that Spiderman 3’s attempts at the character left in fans mouths.
In any case, 2016 is lining up to be a busy year for Harper, who is behind the upcoming Jamie Foxx thriller Sleepless Night. Meanwhile, audiences will get their first glance at the new friendly neighbourhood Spiderman next month in Captain America: Civil War before it all begins again in the as-of-yet untitled Spiderman blockbuster, which is due for release in July 2017.