As rumours circulated and were put to bed by the lack of news over the course of the last year, Sony took everyone by surprise today by confirming that they will be releasing a ‘Venom’ movie on October 5th, 2018.

First reported by ERC Box Office, Venom is a movie that has plagued the Marvel universe ever since it infected Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man 3’ back in 2007. Since then, several people have all worked on different versions of his story, with Alex Kurtzman initially taking the lead before departing to work on The Mummy.

Last year, Dante Harper (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Alien: Covenant) begun working on the script to make Venom a stand-alone character and not a subsidery in the forthcoming ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, which stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker. However, since then, discussions of the project have remained non-existant.

This announcement from Sony, and not Marvel, shows signs that the standalone film looks to be the answer for Venom. That being said, the symbiote has always been closely woven to the premise of Spider-Man, so it’d be a little surprising to not see the character appear.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed earlier today that writers Scott Rosenberg (Con Air, Zoo) and Jeff Pinker (The Amazing Spider-Man, The 5th Wave) have worked on the most recent draft of the movie, and Kurtzman is not attached to direct.

You can see the first trailer to ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ below:

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