Sony Pictures is on a roll with the recent revamp in resuscitating Spider-Man in the successful box-office hit SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING. This has put the studio’s plans to build their own Marvel cinematic universe back on track with the next one up being VENOM starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, who fuses with an alien symbiote to becoming the titular villain (or anti-hero, as some sources are saying is going to be Sony’s take).

Deadline Hollywood has reported that Riz Ahmed (ROGUE ONE, THE NIGHT OF) is in early talks to join VENOM. His character is still shrouded in secrecy but apparently, it will be a popular Marvel Comics character.

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Story details about the spin-off have also been under wraps, but Sony has said that it will be separate from the Spider-Man universe, which includes the recent Sony/Marvel Studios collaboration Spider-Man: Homecoming. Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner are set to write the script for Venom.

So, VENOM will not connect with SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING? Is it because HOMECOMING is a Marvel Studios collaboration? If that is why the two films don’t exist in the shared universe then that just plain sucks. It would’ve been cool to have Hardy’s Eddie Brock and Ahmed (whoever he will be) in the same universe inhabited by the Tom Holland Peter Parker.

VENOM is slated to be released on October 8, 2018.