Sony announced earlier this week that Fede Alvarez’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web would hit theaters on October 5th, 2018. Variety now reports that the film has been pushed back two weeks to make way for a different kind of spider. The Girl in the Spider’s Web will now premiere in theaters two weeks later, on October 18th, and the October 5th slot will be filled by a new film featuring one of Spider-Man’s most notorious foes… Venom!
This sounds like a win-win for everyone, seeing as the delay to Spider’s Web isn’t significant, and there are likely many moviegoers out there who will want to see both movies when they come out without having to camp out at the theater all weekend.
Sony is likely eager to bring this fan-favorite supervillain/anti-hero to the big screen, given the recent financial successes of films like Deadpool and Suicide Squad, as well as the July 7th, 2017 release date of their premiere collaboration with Marvel Studios: Spider-Man: Homecoming. It has not yet been revealed if or how the two projects will interconnect; but frankly, it’d be insane for them not to seeing how this storytelling device/gimmick has worked well for every other studio with superhero properties.
The script for Venom will be written by Scott Rosenberg (Con Air, High Fidelity) and Jeff Pinker (The Amazing Spider-Man 2 *gulp*), and the film will be produced by Avi Arad (X-Men, Spider-Man, Iron Man) and Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming). Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more developments on Venom and The Girl in the Spider’s Web as they break!