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Sony revive Spider-Man spin-off Venom

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SONY Pictures have revived plans to deliver a Spider-Man spin-off centred around the character, Venom.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dante Harper – who did a lot of re-write work on Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow – has been hired to pen a script for a film that is designed to be unrelated to the upcoming Spider-Man movie that is in the works with actor Tom Holland.

Venom remains one of Marvel’s top villains and has been a Spider-Man fixture since first being introduced in 1988. He was created by writer David Michelinie and artists Todd McFarlane and Mike Zeck.

The character is an alien symbiote that needs a human host to survive. In return, the alien provides its ‘victim’ with incredible powers. However, while starting out as a straight-forward villain, the character evolved into an anti-hero of sorts and almost became one of the good guys.

In current comic book form, Venom has teamed up with Flash Thompson, a Peter Parker bully-turned-close friend and now a government agent.

As yet, it is unclear which Venom incarnation is being used for the new project – but the plan is to launch his own franchise. The anti-hero path, meanwhile, could provide Sony with a shot at replicating the success of Deadpool, another of Marvel’s anti-heroes that has recently set the box office alight.

The character has already made one screen appearance, in Spider-Man 3, when he was played by Topher Grace (pictured). But that film, the last of Sam Raimi’s trilogy starring Tobey Maguire, drew a lot of criticism for the way in which it introduced too many characters in one film, with Venom’s portrayal irking many fans.

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