Venom is an upcoming comic book movie based on the Marvel Comics character and Spider-Man anti-hero of the same name, currently set to be played by Tom Hardy. With production being handled entirely by Sony and no involvement with Marvel Studios, it is being produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmachnote and set to be directed by Ruben Fleisher with a script written by Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg. A release date is set for October 5th, 2018.Plot details are unknown, save for that the character of Carnage will appear as an antagonist. Riz Ahmed and Michelle Williams have reportedly joined the film in unknown roles. Jenny Slate and Reid Scott have also been reported to be in talks for additional roles.As alluded to above, Venom is not a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Venom provides examples of:
- Adapted Out: In the comics, the Venom symbiote was initially worn by Peter Parker as a Spider-Man suit before eventually separating and bonding with Eddie Brock. However, it's been indicated that the movie may possibly skip out on any connection to Spider-Man whatsoever, even in passing.
- Big Bad: Carnage is confirmed to appear in the film.
- Breakout Villain: It's a solo film starring one of the most famous members of Spidey's Rogues Gallery.
- Darker and Edgier: Following in the footsteps of both Deadpool and Logan, the movie will aim for a hard R-rating, making it this trope in comparison to all previous Spider-Man movies.
- Evil Counterpart: Presuming these elements are not altered or Adapted Out, Carnage is the offspring of the Venom symbiote, bonded to a psychopathic serial killer.
- Serkis Folk: The symbiote will be created via motion capture.
- Shared Universe: Interestingly, the movie may or may not be set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (even whether or not Spider-Man himself will appear has yet to be determined). It will possibly be a stand-alone film, set in its own continuity and intended to kick off Sony's own Shared Universe of Marvel films (not unlike Fox's X-Men Film Series or the Spider-Man Shared Universe of films Sony was planning prior to the character's integration in the MCU), which will also include Silver & Black, a female-centric movie starring Silver Sable and Black Cat and another announced film starring Morbius.