Spiderman’s nemesis Venom has his own stand-alone movie, coming courtesy of Sony.
It’s real! there’s a release date and everything.

Now, for some serious Marvel buffs out there, this news was cause for concern; considering the general approach Sony has taken when creating Marvel films in recent years.

Since Sam Raimi’s original take on Spiderman, recent outings have become more impish and goofy and seem to be targeting a broader audience. Especially with Tom Holland’s new baby faced Spiderman – now featured in the whole [Disney Studios] Avengers malarkey.

It’s safe to say Venom really has no part in that. To see him cracking family friendly jokes and making references to modern day trends for cheap laughs would be horrifying… and not in a good way.

Thankfully it seems as though Sony understand what Venom means to Marvel fans, and are planning on paying homage in the appropriate way.

Homecoming director John Watts has confirmed that both the Silver Sable/Black Cat & Venom projects are completely unrelated to Homecoming, and that whole take on the Marvel universe. Instead, Venom will kick-start a disparate take on the Marvel universe. One without Spidey.

Having been labelled as an “action/horror/sci-fi movie,” with a proposed R rating, it seems likely this take on things will be a whole lot darker than what we’re accustomed to. Darker themes have already been explored in the likes of Deadpool and Logan, but this will be the first time we’ve seen it with characters from the Spiderman universe.

The prospect of having Marvel films with grit and serious direction – similar to that of Christopher Nolan’s Batman – is truly an exciting thing. The likes of Venom, Carnage and Black Cat would be cheapened otherwise.

t’is a necessary evil.

Venom is set for release on October 15th 2018.

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