Photo via Spider-Man: The Birth of Venom

Did you think Sony had mothballed its plans for an expanded universe of Spider-Man spinoffs? If so, think again. They’re making a Venom movie, scheduled for release in 2018.

Venom previously appeared in the infamously bad Spider-Man 3, bonding with Peter Parker in a symbiotic relationship that resulted in things like this highly memorable musical scene. In the comics he’s a lot more frightening; a creature with a liquid body who attaches itself to human hosts and warps their minds and bodies.

Sony’s hasn’t found a director or cast for its Venom movie, but according to The Hollywood Reperter, it does have a draft script by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. It’s unclear whether it will be connected to Spider-Man: Homecoming, and by extension, the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony may opt for a standalone cast and story to keep the franchise separate from Marvel Studios.

Venom will come out on Oct. 5, 2018, replacing Aquaman, which was recently delayed until Dec. 2018.

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested.

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