Sony Pictures has just set an October 5, 2018 release date for a Venom movie.
Venom is a longstanding Spider-Man villain, whose origin can be traced back to an alien costume worn by Peter Parker. The costume was a symbiotic creature, which eventually left Parker and instead bonded with photographer Eddie Brock, the two becoming the villain Venom, whose powers and abilities mirror those of Spider-Man, but with a twist. Since then, Venom has gone through multiple iterations and hosts. In Spider-Man 3, Eddie Brock/Venom was played by Topher Grace.
There is no word as of yet if the planned Venom movie is part of Sony’s deal with Marvel Studios, which allowed the later to incorporate the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as of Captain America: Civil War. There, he was played by Tom Holland, who will appear next as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, set to come out July 7 this year.
A separate animated Spider-Man movie by Sony is set for a December 2018 release, so it’s entirely possible that the Venom project may be a standalone movie that’s unconnected to the MCU or any other Spider-Man movie franchise to date.
No director or star has been attached to the Venom movie as of yet, nor is it clear which incarnation of the character be the focus of the story. Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner have turned in a screenplay draft, with a previous draft having been written by Dante Harper.