[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1913:]]We get a bit of an update on the Venom Movie that was made known back in March with possibly Josh Trank at the helm, from The Amazing Spider-Man movie producers Avi Arad and Matthew Tolmach.
Pure speculation on my part, but from the sounds of things the Venom Movie will not feature Spider-Man, and also it looks as if the anti-hero comic book version of Eddie Brock will be featured.
Also it seems as if Venom will not be the monstrous muscled bulked up version, but according to Hollywood.com more "normal":
Tolmach and Arad insisted their Eddie Brock, who was drawn in early incarnations as a muscled man, would be more grounded. "He was a journalist. He had the wrong story, he got in trouble for it, he got fired," explains Tolmach, who also went on to describe his and Arad's approach to adapting Marvel properties. "The whole essence to us for the Marvel characters. Stay close to the bible, stay close to the emotional story, and the rest is fun."
As comic book (and Spider-Man 3) fans know, Eddie Brock became Venom after bonding with the alien symbiote after it was rejected by Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Eddie had been outed as being a cheat at the Daily Globe by Spider-Man, with Brock and the symbiote eventually bonding — sharing a hatred for the Web Slinger.
In the comics, the first five years or so featured a more villainous Venom, but as the character's popularity skyrocketed, Marvel Comics changed their approach to make Brock/Venom more of an anti-hero (when he saw Spidey save his ex-wife) — which is similar to what Marvel did with Wolverine.
Now, if the Venom Movie doesn't include Spider-Man, Sony is either going to include an Eddie Brock cameo in the Amazing Spider-Man (or sequel), or change the origin altogether.
A couple quotes from Hollywood.com seem to suggest the latter, in my opinion (bold their own).
While promoting Spider-Man, Arad and Tolmach alluded that their next project, Venom would be developed in a similar fashion that could potentially tie the films together. "What I'm trying to say to you without giving anything away is hopefully all these worlds will live together in peace someday," hinted Tolmach.
When Venom eventually hits theaters, expect it to feel intrinsically connected to July's Amazing Spider-Man. As Tolmach puts it: "Look for the worlds to make sense with one another."
Avi Arad does say they want to stick as close to the comics as possible, but notes that it is Eddie's story, which leads me to the conclusion of an anti-hero Eddie Brock Venom. Plus, are they really going to make a movie about a bad guy? Would be cool, though.
"It's an Eddie Brock story," explained Arad. "We want to be as close to the comics as possible. Especially in Eddie Brock's story. But again, pseudo-sceince is becoming science. All these tidbits about webs, artificial webs, is a huge industry now. Spiderwebs have unique qualities that will be huge for communications, fibers, and so forth. So we have taken the approach that we want to make the huge amazing movie about Eddie."
The Amazing Spider-Man swings into theaters July 3rd, 2012 in 3-D and is directed by Marc Webb starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard, Irrfan Khan as Nels Van Adder, Martin Sheen as Ben Parker, Denis Leary as Captain George Stacy, Sally Field as May Parker and C. Thomas Howell as Ray Cooper.
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