The Venom character is an alien symbiote that need a human host to survive. In return, the alien empowers its victim with incredible powers. At this moment it’s unclear as to which Venom incarnation Sony will be using for this standalone film as the character has had quite a few since being introduced in 1988, ranging from being originally a villain, then morphed into an anti-hero and (kind of) a good guy.
The report states that Sony have made no comment on the casting and though the role has not been revealed yet, sources indicate that he could be playing a popular Marvel character, with insiders claiming that it isn’t Carnage. The writer of the report, Justin Kroll, took to his twitter to say that sources have told him that Matt Smith, Pedro Pascal and Mathias Schoenarts are also in contention for the same role.
Ruben Fleischer is directing the project, with Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner writing the script, with Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach serving as producers alongside Amy Pascal.
Venom is scheduled for cinematic release on the 5th October 2018.