Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was not the only Spider-Man related project that Sony brought with them to Comic-Con Experience 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil over the weekend. Though no footage or images were shown from the film, Sony also brought details about their Spider-Man spinoff Venom, starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom.
Collider reports that director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) appeared via satellite to share some details about the film, specifically that the movie is primarily based on two comic book story-lines: Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes.
Venom: Lethal Protector was originally a six-issue comic by David Michelinie and Marl Bagley from 1993, though Marvel just completed another arc called Lethal Protector as the first story-line in the new Marvel Legacy era of comics. In the original comic, Venom and Peter Parker agree to leave each other alone, so Venom moves to San Francisco — Hardy already confirmed the film is set in the city — but ends up teaming up with Spider-Man to fight five new offspring of the Venom symbiote including Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher, and Agony. Unfortunately, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker from Spider-Man: Homecoming will not be in the film, so the plot will obviously need to be altered due to lack of Spider-Man.
Planet of the Symbiotes was a five-issue comic run written by Michelinie in Amazing Spider-Man in 1995. In Planet of the Symbiotes, Earth is invaded by an army of symbiotes, again with Venom teaming up with Spider-Man, and Scarlet Spider, to defeat them.
Basically, what we’re getting is Venom moves to San Francisco and has to battle other symbiotes, hopefully including Carnage, who is rumored to be in the film.
Do the plots of Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes sound like a good starting point for a Venom movie to you? Or is there another Venom-centric story-line you were hoping for? Let us know in the comment section below!
Venom crawls onto the big screen on October 5, 2018.
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