– by David Kozlowski

Sony’s Venom movie is shaping-up to be a must-see superhero event for next fall. Although, the project’s early marketing and communication caused a bit of whiplash for fans. Sony’s initial announcement, to elevate second-tier characters from the “Spiderverse” was positively received, until it became clear these movies would not contain Spider-Man nor connect to the MCU. Fortunately, Venom is a pretty popular character, and when casting news and other details began trickling out, momentum picked up again.

Here’s what we know to-date: Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Dunkirk) is Eddie Brock/Venom; Director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) is creating an R-rated horror/sci-fi film in the spirit of John Carpenter or David Cronenberg; Actor Riz Ahmen (Rogue One) will play fan-favorite Carnage; Variety reports that actresses Jenny Slate (Zootopia) and Michelle Williams (Shutter Island) are in talks for key roles; WETA Digital will be creating the film’s visual effects; the stunt team includes Tim Connolly (John Wick, Logan, 300, The Avengers), Chris O’Hara (Live by Night, Bourne Legacy, Iron Man 3, Jurassic World), and Jack Gill (Fast & Furious 5-8, Captain America: Civil War).

Related – Venom To Start Production Next Week

Now that all of the pieces are in-place, Venom‘s production is expected to begin next week (for an October 2018 debut). The 12-month timeline is a bit aggressive for what is expected to be an effects-heavy superhero film — typically, these films entail 3-4 months of shooting and a year of post-production, which will obviously be compressed if Sony intends to hit next October. Hopefully, Sony will continue to provide timely information regarding the film’s progress.

Additionally, if you’re hoping to keep a close ear to the ground, now there’s an official Twitter account to monitor:

Let’s just hope that the release date isn’t driving the decision-making, as Sony needs this film to be great if their other non-Spider-Man movies — Silver Sable, Black Cat, Mysterio, Kraven — stand a chance of finding an audience.

This is all fantastic news, and shows that Sony is deadly serious about making Venom something special.

Where does the Venom film land on your personal radar? Can’t miss or don’t care? Let us know in the comments down below!

Venom hits theaters on October 5, 2018.

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David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.