In a recent interview with Comic Book Resources, Alex Kurtzman, the man set to direct a movie about the villain and occasional anti-hero Venom, said something that may have a surprising impact on the "Amazing Spider-Man" spin-off.
When asked how difficult it was picking a version of Venom to feature in the movie, Kurtzman said this:
"I would not say it's an easy choice. I would say that there are quite a few things about Venom that are interesting. Venom had several different iterations, and there are several things that are very unique, interesting and specific. And so I think we all want to make sure that we're making the right choices for a character that's so beloved."
Eddie Brock is by far the most well-known host for the symbiote, since he was the person who originally held the title "Venom" after Spidey ditched the living costume, but in a world where "Ant-Man" is about Scott Lang, his role as the main character in the movie is not a foregone conclusion.
So which Venom is most likely to show up in the movie? Let's break it down.
The Venom symbiote took over Scorpion after abandoning the cancer-stricken Eddie Brock, and when combined, the two caused a lot of trouble with the help of Norman Osborn's Sinister Twelve and Dark Avengers. The problem with a Venom movie featuring Gargan is that his story is too tied into a complex mythology to be compelling on its own. There's nothing inherently interesting about the character outside of his scorpion suit, and it would never make sense to introduce a villain, only to have him turn into a different villain.
The current host of the symbiote is probably what made Kurtzman's decision so difficult. Though the Agent Venom persona is relatively new, he's already quite popular with fans and has much more of a heroic edge than any previous iteration of the character. Plus, his military bent would further differentiate him from Spider-Man, which just makes good creative sense when building a cinematic universe around the wall crawler.
I think the OV (original Venom) is still the most likely candidate for the spin-off movie. He's the guy who wore the costume during the character's climb to immense popularity, something that hasn't been matched by the other two Venoms. Kurtzman, when approaching the project, did have options, and it's good that the team explored their options, but ultimately, I see this going only one way: a classic treatment of Venom with more emphasis placed on his anti-hero antics.