Director Ruben Fleischer has the unenviable task of bringing the popular Spider-Man antihero to the big screen, sans Spider-Man.
Venom, the movie that is definitely real and not an elaborate early April Fools' hoax, will be based on some very real comic book storylines.
According to Inverse, Hardy and Fleischer reportedly confirmed the movie's source material during an appearance via satellite at Comic Con Experience 2017 in São Paulo, Brazil. But the production has continued to hold details of the movie's plot close to the vest-until now.
As for the plot, it appears that the standalone Venom film will be inspired by two classic miniseries, Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes.
Once in San Francisco, Venom is attacked by the son of one of his past victims and his hunted down by the Life Foundation, who want to study the Venom symbiote and use it for their own purposes.
Venom: Lethal Protector was originally a six-issue comic by David Michelinie and Marl Bagley from 1993, though Marvel just completed another arc called Lethal Protector as the first story-line in the new Marvel Legacy era of comics.
The Planet of the Symbiotes storyline was published two years later, penned once again by Michelinie, and saw Venom teaming with Spider-Man and the Scarlet Spider to investigate some Symbiote-related murders that he believed to be committing himself.
In the Lethal Protector arc, the story kicks-off with a truce between Eddie Brock and Spider-Man as Hardy's character moves to San Francisco. The unlikely duo eventually find themselves working together to battle five offspring of the Venom Symbiote: Riot, Agony, Scream, Phage, and, Lasher. I remain skeptical that this movie will exist and isn't a big prank, but after looking into the elements they're pulling from the comic books, these insane kids just might be able to pull this off.
Filming on Venom is already underway with Ahmed, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, Reid Scott, and Scott Haze all joining Hardy.
Venom is scheduled for an October 5, 2018 release.