It’s probably an idea that sounded practical on paper: in “Spider-Man 3”, the symbiote becomes the impetus for Peter Parker’s aggression toward Harry Osborn and others. And, hey, let’s throw the Sandman in there so that there’s more of an anchor of humanity outside of Peter and Harry. But 139 minutes proved too little time to turn the story into a coherent film.
Now Sony wants to go ahead with a movie that completely indulges in the Venom character from beginning to end. There are no plot details, but “Zombieland” co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have announced, in an exclusive interview with Scifi Wire, that they’ve turned in a script. Wernick told Scifi Wire:
“We’ve written two drafts of Venom, and the studio has it, and they’re pushing forward in whatever ways they push forward.”
“Spider-Man 4” begins shooting next year. There are no details about the “Venom” film’s relationship to “Spider-Man 4” or when it will begin shooting. You would think that Venom’s death would leave them in a bind, but we’re talking about a multi-million dollar movie based around a sentient tarpit, so I suppose that anything’s possible. My prognostication is that it will be a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing without any of the heart of the Raimi films. But there’s always the hope that Venom teams up with Carnage for a rousing ballad as one says to the other, “You give my spirit license to soar.” That I’d pay to see.