by Brett White
Even though we still have two whole Spider-Man films to get through first, people can't stop speculating about "The Amazing Spider-Man 4," due in theaters in the far-flung year of 2018.
The interest stems from an interview that "Amazing Spider-Man" director Marc Webb gave, wherein he mentioned that the fourth film could definitely stray from Spider-Man following the close of his three picture saga. This has led to a number of curious developments and hushed tones in subsequent interviews with other "ASM" heavy-hitters, the latest being an IGN interview with "Amazing Spider-Man 2" screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alexander Kurtzman.
"We're fans of Venom," said Orci. Kurtzman agreed, adding that "Venom is an amazing character. Venom is a brilliant character. Part of what's interesting about Venom is that Venom can do all of the things that Spider-Man can't do, in a lot of ways. And I don't know, I guess that's why I respond to him."
Could this enthusiasm be tied into something behind the scenes? Venom, most notably the Eddie Brock version of the character, has been a fan favorite character since his debut in 1988. The web-slinging anti-hero has held down a number of solo stories, making him the perfect candidate for a solo film.
Rumors about a Venom solo film have existed ever since Topher Grace stepped into the role in 2007's "Spider-Man 3." Since Venom didn't really get a chance to shine in the overcrowded film, rebooting the character for Marc Webb's new Spider-Franchise makes a lot of sense. Last March, "Chronicle" director Josh Trank was attached to a Venom reboot before taking on "Fantastic Four."
The notion of a shared Spidey universe is an old one; producer Matt Tolmach told Hollywood.com last year that "Venom" could indeed share space with "Amazing Spider-Man." "What I'm trying to say to you without giving anything away is hopefully all these worlds will live together in peace someday."
Fellow "Spider-Man" producer Avi Arad also told Hollywood.com that the "Venom" story was pretty much finished. "It's an Eddie Brock story," said Arad. "We want to be as close to the comics as possible. Especially in Eddie Brock's story. But again, pseudo-science is becoming science. All these tidbits about webs, artificial webs, is a huge industry now. Spiderwebs have unique qualities that will be huge for communications, fibers, and so forth. So we have taken the approach that we want to make the huge amazing movie about Eddie."
Who knows whether or not that's the same story that could make its way to the big screen, but things look bright for everyone's favorite symbiotic host.
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