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In a surprise revelation, Sony has announced that Spider-Man’s longtime nemesis, Venom, will be getting a standalone movie.

According to IGN, this Marvel villain will reportedly not exist in the shared Marvel Cinematic Universe as Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. While other Spider-Man-related projects have been scrapped, “Venom” has persisted in some form of development over the years.

Venom
Source: Marvel

Created by David Micheline in 1988, many of you may know that Venom is an alien symbiote that requires a human host to survive. In return, the human possesses incredible superpowers. The character was originally a villain in the Marvel comics but has become an anti-hero who teams up with Flash Thompson (Peter Parker’s old high school nemesis).

Although many movie-goers may wonder where the movie storyline will go without Peter Parker, re-introducing Venom in his own solo movie isn’t completely crazy. Meanwhile, fans are pretty stoked about the first solo film from MCU and Sony’s partnership, “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, which will hit theatres this July.

Venom
Source: Sony

Alex Kurtzman was previously rumoured to be directing “Venom”, but that has been debunked by Sony. However, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing the film with Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner penning the script.

“Venom” is expected to hit cinemas 5th October 2018.

Sources: IGN, Movie Web.