Sony Moving forward with Venom Movie

Film expected to be launchpad for Sony’s new superhero universe

Via ComicsAlliance:

Although Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is free to swing over to the MCU (and Marvel has generously loaned Iron Man to Sony for this summer’s Homecoming), the deal between the studios doesn’t extend to Sony’s other Marvel characters — like Venom or Black Cat. These films would be entirely Sony, with no participation from or collaboration with Marvel, for better or worse.
Venom in Spider-Man 3

Not sure I follow Sony’s need to put something into theatres as not every rated R superhero movie is going to be the next Logan or Deadpool. Personally, I just don’t really like Venom and I’m not entirely sure he’s a strong enough character to pull this whole thing off.

It feels like a really strange spot to jump-start an entire universe of superhero movies, to put so much faith in a fairly unproven character. Deadpool and Wolverine both have massive fanbases and have been bringing in new fans with their comics. Venom hasn’t really been stable since the 90s, are his fans still around to give this movie the support it needs?

Update — 05/19/17:

News today coming out of Sony is that Tom Hardy will be playing Eddie Brock/Venom and the movie will be released in late 2018.