For those who had the misfortune of seeing Spider-Man 3 (a Blu Ray copy came free with my PS3, and I promptly sold it after watching it. I should have melted that fucker into slag as an offer of sacrifice to the Gods of Not Sucking), you know that Topher Grace played Eddie Brock, the ambitious, unscrupulous reporter who was Peter Parker’s chief competition. By coming into contact with the alien symbiote that had previously attached itself to Parker, Brock became the character known as Venom. As far as the films go, the origin story isn’t too far from the comics, and the character itself wasn’t terrible. Grace did a decent job with it, and the effects they used were pretty good. Unfortunately, the writing and directing of Spider-Man 3 was an absolute disaster, and ultimately the film quickly collapsed under its own bloated weight.
Well, the character is apparently set for its own spin-off movie (Wolverine, Deadpool - Marvel Entertainment loves them some spin-offs). Writer Paul Wernick (who also co-wrote the forthcoming Zombieland) and his regular writing partner Rhett Reese have completed two drafts, and told Sci-Fi Wire, “the studio has it, and they’re pushing forward in whatever ways they push forward.”
No word on when it will go into production, and no word on whether it will tie in to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4. As for the idea itself? It’s got potential. The character of Venom, much like many in the Marvel Universe, has gone through a few iterations, and has been pretty much hit or miss (and don’t get me started on She-Venom). But there’s compelling stories to be mined, though it’ll be interesting to see how they turn the character into a protagonist. I suppose they can play up the whole “tortured anti-hero” thing, except that Brock was never particularly remorseful about becoming Venom (though he did have his good guy moments, which were kind of lame, if you ask me).
Regardless, it’ll be strange if they don’t tie it in with Spider-Man. But who the hell knows what movie studios will do these days?