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Film information
Directed by

Alex Kurtzman

Release date(s)

June 13, 2017 (cancelled)

Music by

Marco Beltrami
Fernando Velázquez

Screenplay by

Alex Kurtzman (screenplay & story)
Roberto Orci (screenplay & story)
Ed Solomon
Jody Lambert
Marc Webb (story)
Scott Cooper (story)
Josh Trank (story)
Robert D. Siegel (story)

Produced by

Avi Arad
Matthew Tolmach
Amy Pascal
Marc Webb
Alex Kurtzman
Roberto Orci
Hannah Minghalla
Rachel O'Connor

Preceded by

The Black Cat

Succeeded by

The Amazing Spider-Man 3

"Rage is as encompassing as night and black as oil."

Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Venom, or simply Venom, is a cancelled 2017 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It was to be directed by Alex Kurtzman and written by Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Ed Solomon, and Jody Lambert, from a story by Kurtzman, Orci, Marc Webb (who also co-produced), and Scott Cooper, Josh Trank, and Robert D. Siegel. It would have starred Finn Wittrock and Alan Tudyk, co-starring Andrew Garfield and Felicity Jones and Laura Haddock.

It would have been the second spin-off in the Amazing Spider-Man film series and a follow-up to The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Sinister Six: Part 2. It would have introduced Venom and Carnage into the Amazing Spider-Man saga and how Spider-Man would deal with them. It was to be released on June 14, 2017. Plans for the film also include a sequel titled Venom: Carnage.

The finalized version of the film would be released on October 5th, 2018, starring Tom Hardy as the eponymous character and directed by Ruben Fleischer, with no visible connections to the Amazing Spider-Man setting.


In wake of The Amazing Spider-Man 3, reporter Eddie Brock's life is flipped upside down as he finds himself bonded to alien parasite called a symbiote that had been previously bonded to New York's hero Spider-Man, gaining powers similar to and unique from the webslinger. Unsure of what to make of his predicament, Eddie and the symbiote are called to action when another symbiote bonds to notorious criminal Cletus Kasady and begins wreaking havoc on the city, Eddie must stand against him as the vigilante Venom.


Intended Cast[]


  • The film is known for having a very drawn out and difficult production history. Plans for a Venom film were first underway when New Line Cinema bought the film rights in 1995, and hired David S. Goyer as scriptwriter. Much like the released film, Goyer's script excluded Spider-Man entirely (as New Line Cinema didn't have the rights to him), and instead had the symbiote originate from a planet of alien spiders and other symbiotes. Eddy Brock and Cletus Kasady grew up together in an orphanage Kasady burned down and both have a hatred of each other in present day. In present day, Kasady is apprehended by the police with help from Brock, but Brock is confronted by followers of Kasady and is saved by the Venom symbiote, who arrived bonded to an alien spider. Using the spider's DNA, the symbiote bonded to Eddie and they become Venom. Meanwhile, a stronger symbiote called a "Blood Hunter" interrupts Kasady's public execution and bonds with him to become Carnage.
  • Goyer's treatment was rejected and eventually the film rights for Venom were obtained by Sony Pictures and Columbia Pictures. Venom would appear in Spider-Man 3 (2007), the final film of the previous film series by Sam Raimi, who ironically enough didn't like Venom and didn't want to include him, due to his supposed "lack of humanity" but relented at Avi Arad's insistence at Venom's immense popularity. Topher Grace, of That '70's Show fame, was cast as Eddie Brock/Venom as one of the three villains of the film.
  • Finn Wittrock and Alan Tudyk were the frontrunners for both Eddie Brock and Cletus Kasady respectively. In the released version by Sony in October 2018, Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson were selected instead as Brock and Kasady.
  • Josh Trank, who directed Chronicle (2012), was approached to direct the film, but was instead hired by 20th Century Fox to direct the rebooted Fantastic Four (2015). He'd even written a script treatment with his mentor Robert D. Siegel, but was rejected by Sony and Columbia. However, Trank and Siegel would retain story credits, as at least a portion of aspects from their treatment was used.
  • It was said a sequel to this movie would have focused on Carnage as the villainous main character, with Venom and Spider-Man teaming up, joined by Black Cat and Future Spider-Man, against him, borrowing elements from the Maximum Carnage storyline from the comics.