Sony Revives ‘Spider-Man’ Spinoff ‘Venom’ with New Screenwriter

Played By Topher Grace

THR brings word that Sony Pictures is once again revving up its long-in-development Venom, a dark spinoff of Spider-Man and has tapped Edge of Tomorrow screenwriter Dante Harper to pen the script.

The Marvel Comics antihero became a major villain (played by Topher Grace) in the third of the Sam Raimi films, but this time his Spider-Man connection has been cut. That’s like making a Catwoman movie that’s not connected to Batman. That worked out great.

The script will reportedly be a potential franchise launcher that Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce and is “completely apart from and unrelated” to the upcoming Spider-Man reboot with actor Tom Holland. Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Deadpool), and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) penned the previous versions with Gary Ross and Josh Trank were attached to helm at various points.

It also has no part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will be set in its own film universe. No production start date or potential release date is yet sketched out for a new Venom movie, revolving around the symbiotic Spider-Man villain. Looks like Sony wants to pocket all the cash.

Spider-Man Villain

First appearing in the comic book series as an alien costume worn by Spider-Man in “The Amazing Spider-Man” #252 in 1984, it was several years before the creature left Peter Parker and merged with photographer Eddie Brock, forming the antihero known as Venom. Since then, the character has appeared in a variety of different forms and bonded with several different hosts. In the “Ultimate” Marvel Universe, the suit has a more terrestrial origin, created by Parker and Brock’s scientist parents in an attempt to cure cancer. More recently, the Venom symbiote has been moving between hosts, including Mac Gargan (aka The Scorpion) and Peter Parker’s old high school rival, Flash Thompson.