While the 2015 deal between Sony and Marvel allows Spider-Man to appear in the latter's cinematic universe, Sony is still making the most of owning the overall movie rights to characters from the Spidey comic books. The studio has several spin-offs in development, and the first of these will be next year's Venom.
The first piece of promotional material for the movie has now been revealed. It's a banner that was spotted at Brazil's Comic-Con Experience (CCXP), and shows the fearsome alien symbiote of the title bursting through the letter V. Check the images out over at Collider.
Venom will star Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock. In Marvel's comics, Brock is a photographer and rival to Peter Parker, who becomes a host for the parasite and sets about to destroy him. A behind-the-scenes video released in October showed Hardy on-set.
The movie hits theaters on October 5, 2018. It also stars Riz Ahmed and Michelle Williams. Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer is directing.
There was initially some confusion about whether Venom would be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and whether Spider-Man could appear in any of the spin-offs. Both Marvel boss Kevin Feige and Spidey actor Tom Holland have stated that the two universes are entirely separate. However, in June, former Sony boss and Spider-Man: Homecoming producer Amy Pascal suggested otherwise, before subsequently switching to Feige's position.
In terms of other Spidey spin-offs, Venom will be followed by Silver & Black. That movie will focus on Silver Sable and the Black Cat, and is set to arrive on February 8, 2019.