You just can't keep a good supervillain down, especially when that villain is Venom, one of Spider-Man's most popular archfoes. Sony is moving forward with plans for a Venom movie, as writing team Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese told SCI FI Wire.
Wernick and Reese were discussing Zombieland when they revealed that they were working on the film, although they wouldn't reveal any details about the film. "We're under strict orders on Venom," Wernick said. "We can't talk about it. It's just super secret."
What they will say, however, is that they were fans of the character before getting this gig - unlike Sam Raimi who used Venom in Spider-Man 3. They're not letting their status as fans keep them from doing research into the character before they tackle the script. "We read [Venom] growing up, but we were not experts," Reese said. "We certainly know the mythology of Venom, but went back and learned more when it became clear that we could actually get this job."
The writing duo is also aware of the pressure that working on Venom brings with it. After many fans were upset with how the symbiote-clad-anti-hero appeared in Spider-Man 3, there will be a lot of eyes looking towards this film to see if the character is handled to their satisfaction in this film. And Reese is very aware of that fact. "Absolutely. I'm terrified," Reese said with a nervous laugh. "It's source material that everybody knows and everybody's familiar with and everybody loves. There's a burden on you to meet the expectations of people. A lot of people are curious about Venom."
The character of Venom started off as an enemy of Spider-Man. Reporter Eddie Brock has his life ruined because of a story he wrote that Spider-Man proved to be false, while at the same time an alien symbiote is rejected by Peter Parker/Spider-Man. The symbiote and Brock merge together to become Venom, who has powers that mirror all of those possessed by Spider-Man, along with a few others. Venom has appeared in nearly every Spider-Man cartoon to date, and was portrayed by Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3. It is unclear whether the Venom movie will use Grace and continue on from the storyline set-up in the third Spider-Man film, or if the film written by Reese and Wernick will serve as a reboot for the character.