Venom director Ruben Fleischer revealed that the film will be based on the Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes comic book runs.
Appearing live via satellite during Sony Pictures’ panel at Comic-Con Experience 2017 in Sao Paulo, Fleischer teased that the Venom film will be primarily based on both Venom: Lethal Protector by David Michelinie and Mark Bagley and the Planet of the Symbiotes arc of The Amazing Spider-Man comic book series.
Released in 1993, Lethal Protector is a six-issue comic book series that marked the titular character’s first series as a lead and transformed him from a villain to an anti-hero. The story sees Venom and Spider-Man reaching an agreement to leave each other alone on the condition that the villain abstains from committing crimes, prompting Eddie Brock to leave New York City and find a home in San Francisco. Both stories involve Venom and Spider-Man joining forces to take on symbiote-related threats, though considering the film is said to be set in a separate universe from Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, the question of which version of the wall crawler might appear in the film – if any – remains a mystery.
Venom stars Tom Hardy in the titular role opposite Michelle Williams and Scott Haze with Jenny Slate and Riz Ahmed set to join the project. Are you excited to hear that the Venom film will be based on these stories? Share your thoughts below!
Venom is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on October 5, 2018.