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.

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