As Marvel Studios prepares for their 15th film (May’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2), and we’re just two weeks past Fox’s 14th X-Men-related film (Logan), there are still dozens of great characters that are waiting for their shots at cinematic adaptation (like say, Squirrel Girl — just sayin’!). One of Marvel’s most popular characters for the past 25-ish years has been Venom (who actually started life in the comics as the alien symbiote that Spider-Man acquired during 1984’s Secret Wars event). Topher Grace (of TV’s That 70s Show) played the character in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, but that film (and its barely Fresh Tomatometer score) is also blamed by some for ending what could have continued to be a lucrative franchise for both Sony Pictures and director Sam Raimi. Well, next year is Venom‘s 30th anniversary, so maybe we should have seen this coming: Sony Pictures has announced a release date of October 5, 2018 for Venom, claiming that date just as Warner Bros moved Aquaman from October 5th to December 21, 2018 (see above). That’ll be just over a year and a half from now, so it’s possible that Sony can produce a Venom movie by then, but with Spider-Man: Homecoming on the horizon, it’s unclear whether Venom will also be made with Marvel Studios, or if will it exist in its own non-Marvel universe (like their 2018 animated Spider-Man movie about Miles Morales). The Venom screenplay is currently being adapted by writers Scott Rosenberg (Con Air, Gone in Sixty Seconds) and Jeff Pinkner (cowriter of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the Jumanji reboot, also for Sony). Besides that, we really know very little about the project. This was a week of mostly “pretty good” news, so Venom is this week’s “Rotten Idea,” but again, only marginally so.

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