AQUAMAN delayed; Sony announces VENOM spinoff film to take its place

First, the bad news. Warner Bros.’ Aquaman film has been delayed from October 5, 2018 to December 21, 2018. This is the second release date change after being moved from its originally scheduled release of July 2018 due to the studio’s snags with developing The Flash and The Batman. Director James Wan is already in the midst of location scouting with principal photography still set to begin soon. The new release date was recently vacated by Avatar 2, which James Cameron announced last week wouldn’t be ready in time.

Now, on to the potential good news, depending on if you’re a fan of Sony or not. Directly on the heels of Warner’s announcement, Sony revealed that their long-dormant Venom solo film is being brought out of development hell with new screenwriters Scott Rosenberg (Life on Mars, Con Air) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower, The Amazing Spider-Man), who recently penned the Jumanji reboot. The project was originally being written by Dante Harper (Alien: Covenant) back when the studio was attempting to set up a shared cinematic universe around Spider-Man to compete with the MCU with solo films revolving around the Sinister Six, Black Cat & Spider-Woman, and Venom. The critical and box office disappointment of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 put a stop to that and led to the deal between Sony and Marvel Studios to share rights to the character. Reports were also stating that Alex Kurtzman (The Mummy) would be reassuming directing duties on the Venom film, but subsequent reports have denied his involvement. Time will tell who will step in to replace him.

There’s still been no confirmation if the Venom film will be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe like the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming or if it will attempt to restart Sony’s own “SpiderVerse.” Some are predicting the former, and that Spider-Man’s presence in Avengers: Infinity War will lead to him encountering the Venom symbiote which could tie into the solo film.

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