Today, Warner Bros announced that Aquaman had been pushed back to December 21st, 2018. No reason was given for the move by the studio. For the last few days that date has seen some vacancy since James Cameron announced Avatar 2 would not meet the previously announced 2018 release date. So, Warner Bros swooped in and plopped Aquaman right next to Sony’s animated Spider-Man film.
So in an act of retaliation, Sony proclaimed October 5th, 2018 the release of the in-development Venom. While joking about the act of retaliation(or am I?) Venom has been officially announced to take the October release date.
Nothing much is known about this project other than it will be written by Scott Rosenberg, and Jeff Pinkner, Dante Harper and produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.
The mention of Avi Arad and the potential of this film not being involved in the MCU DNA has me worried to no end. First, Avi Arad has had a stranglehold on the Spider-Man franchise from day one, and I really don’t want anyone involved with last the ten years of Spider-Man films to have any say in his existing characters silver screen adaptions.
Second, I do believe and partly welcome the idea of a standalone Venom film. Look at something like Logan, a film that is arguably separated from the main X-Men franchise and allowed the creative freedoms that most shared universe franchise films never get. An Eddie Brock standalone franchise could potentially work but with Venom being a literal shadow version of the Spider-Man character with most of the same abilities, it is a very odd to separate the two. I think fans would be more welcome to seeing Tom Holland don the black suit first before we get to a Venom.
In the hands of a different creative team and a non-MCU world, I would be more open to seeing this project come to fruition. But at the moment this only brings me worry instead of excitement.
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