Before Sony Pictures smashed the worldwide box office with Spider-Man: Homecoming in July, the studio unexpectedly announced that a spinoff film surrounding the beloved superhero’s arch nemesis Venom had been given an October 2018 release date, despite not having a director and only a recent draft of the script written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinker.
Nonetheless, the studio is working quickly to get this film off the ground, having already cast Tom Hardy as the title character, also known as Eddie Brock, and reportedly finalizing a deal with Zombieland helmer Ruben Fleischer to direct the fast-tracked project. However, we received a strange update on Venom earlier today, which promptly caused plenty of speculation among fans.
According to Deadline, Riz Ahmed, who most recently starred in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story alongside Felicity Jones and Diego Luna, is in early talks to join Hardy in the upcoming spinoff as “a popular Marvel Comics character,” which, chances are, is going to turn out to be Cletus Kasady, perhaps best known as the supervillain Carnage.
As noted in the original report, Sony is planning on keeping Venom separate from the universe established by Spider-Man: Homecoming. Back in March, our friends at Collider revealed that the studio and Marvel had reached an agreement to launch a new Marvel Universe that “will not be connected to the MCU” in any shape or form.
Venom is expected to begin shooting this fall and is aiming for an October 5, 2018, release date.