Rumor: Venom Getting a Spin-Off Movie?
We know not to trust too many unconfirmed reports, but this rumor is just too good to pass up. I really doubt that it's true (but I would be happy to be proven wrong), but at least it's a good one to discuss. IESB is reporting that Venom from the Spider-Man universe is getting his own spin-off stand alone movie. The only thing that's officially reported is that they've "confirmed that 'the studio' has met recently with several 'A list writers' about a spin-off film." As to which studio or even any more details than that, there is nothing, which makes me think this whole rumor isn't very sound. Know before you even read on that we're not trying to claim that this is true, but we're just discussing it simply for fun.
Venom is a villain from the Spider-Man universe that was spawned after an alien symbiote attached itself to Spider-Man. Once Spider-Man shed himself of the symbiote, the alien life form had gained the same powers as Spider-Man and passed them on to another host. The most well-known human host was Eddie Brock, who wore the symbiote suit and was transformed into Venom. The character is commonly known as Spider-Man's arch-enemy and is a super villain in the Marvel universe.
IESB claims that the project is moving forward at Marvel Productions, who recently signed an interim agreement with the WGA in order to continue work on their projects despite that the writers strike hasn't been fully resolved. This does technically mean that Marvel could be meeting with writers and working on scripts for any of its projects, but this doesn't mean that a Venom spin-off is one of them. Initially the rights to a Venom movie were owned by New Line Cinema, but since then they have reverted back to Marvel. And considering Marvel Productions as a company of its own is really ramping up its films, who knows whether a Venom spin-off is realistically in their sights or not.
This whole rumor seems very far fetched. Not only are they working on a Spider-Man 4, which is apparently a true rumor, but a spin-off movie based on a villain that was both well established and killed in the last movie just doesn't make sense. Of course they can break off from the Spider-Man universe that Sam Raimi created, but I think Marvel is smarter than that (look what happened to DC and Justice League). On the other hand, the biggest hype on Spider-Man 3 came from Venom. He was the key to their marketing and he was the essential part that made it so damn financially successful, despite the bad reviews. I easily remember seeing more Venom shirts at the midnight showings of Spider-Man 3 than Spider-Man shirts! So when you look at it that way, financially speaking, a Venom spin-off could be successful.
If they did do a Venom movie, what kind of story would it have? Could there be the possibility of exploring the characters of Carnage or Scorpion? Would Spider-Man even be involved? I haven't heard of a very big blockbuster that's based around a villainous character. Most movies are based around a hero or a good guy, or even just a protagonist, even if he's not all that good. With Venom, would they turn it into a movie where Venom escapes being caught and goes on rampages? Will someone please clarify this and pitch a good idea for a story!
As much as I'd love this rumor to be true and Marvel to try exploring a darker comic book character, I really don't think it would happen even if it was true that they were considering the possibility. I really hope I'm wrong, but I fear this is just a big rumor. However, that doesn't mean it's not fun to consider the idea and dream big dreams of Venom wreaking havoc on the big screen; that is, a lot more havoc than he wreaked in Spider-Man 3! I thought Topher Grace did a great job as Eddie Brock and eventually Venom, but there is a LOT more to explore with the character. What are your thoughts?
Thanks to Thunderlips from deviantArt for the awesome Venom drawing.