In a surprising development, Sony has announced an October 5, 2018, release date for Spider-Man spin-off Venom. Early reports suggested that Alex Kurtzman (The Mummy) was going to direct the movie, but his involvement in the project has since been denied by Sony. 

Back when Andrew Garfield was our friendly neighbourhood Spider-man, Sony had big plans to expand the web slinger's cinematic universe. Both Sinister Six and Venom were earmarked for spin-offs and were heavily hinted at during the post-credits scene in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) was hired to write and direct Sinister Six, and Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) was onboard to helm Venom.

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Unfortunately, the second Amazing Spider-Man didn't yield the amazing box office returns that Sony was expecting and their plans for expansion were put on hold to reboot the franchise once again. As we all know, Tom Holland knocked it out of the park when he made his debut in last year's Captain America: Civil War, and he's back on our screens this summer in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Sony is clearly feeling confident about their third iteration of the comic-book as they've already set aside a July 5, 2019, release date for a sequel to Homecoming.

The last time we saw Venom on the big screen was in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3. Including such an iconic villain in a sequel that already had too many bad guys was just one of the many things that disappointed fans of Raimi's trilogy closer. More on the Venom spin-off as it comes in. 

Source: variety.com

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