No, Venom is not going to be making an appearance in Marc Webb’s reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man. At least, not as far as I know. But my point is this: if nothing else, the rebooting of the franchise allows for a brand new interpretation of a the Spider-Man universe. And the best part of that is, hopefully new directors can help erase the mistakes in Sam Raimi’s hideously awful Spider-Man 3. Namely, the botching of Venom. Venom, for those who don’t know, is the result of an alien symbiote that latched onto Spider-Man, causing a darker version of the character. When Spider-Man rejected the symbiote, it found a new host in disgraced, Spider-Man hating reporter Eddie Brock, and a monstrous new villain was born.
For years, Sony has been trying to get a Venom film off the ground, and now it looks like it will finally happen. They’ve tapped Josh Trank, who directed the excellent low-budget Chronicle, to take the reins. I loved Chronicle, and Trank clearly has a solid vision of the darker possibilities of superheroes, so I’m down with the idea. My only real concern is… what the hell are they going to do? Venom has been, for the most part, a pretty evil villain, one that S.H.I.E.L.D. proclaims to be on par with the big dogs of evildom. Of course, because it’s the comic book world, there have been several Venoms over the years (not to mention Carnage… in fact, let’s not mention Carnage), some of the evil, some of them vigilantes, and one even being a black ops soldier for the government.
But Venom is best as a villain, and making an entire film out of that seems unlikely. My guess is it’ll be some sort of redemption tale. What’s most interesting is who else will be in it. Will they get Andrew Garfield to reprise his Spider-Man role? I have no idea, but the addition of Trank certainly bodes well.
I’m guessing Topher Grace won’t be returning, though.
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